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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota congratulated new National Farmers Union President Rob Larew on his election at the NFU annual convention Monday in Savannah, Ga.

“Rob is a smart leader and a knowledgeable voice on food and farm issues,” said Peterson. “Farmers Union will benefit greatly from his experience, and I look forward to continuing to work with NFU to protect and strengthen America’s farm and ranch families.”

Prior to his time with Farmers Union, Larew served for 22 years as a Congressional and USDA staffer, first in Congressman Peterson’s personal office, then with Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, before returning to the House Agriculture Committee, where he served as Staff Director for the Democratic staff on the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. He also served at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.