Pine County Resident Thom Petersen has been reconfirmed as the Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
“It has been an honor to serve as commissioner these past four years, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan, and all the dedicated MDA employees to strengthen and improve our ag economy,” said Commissioner Petersen in a press release. “Agriculture drives and shapes Minnesota, and I’m proud to represent our farmers, producers, and food makers in the four years to come.”
Peterson was confirmed for the second term by the State Senate on February 6 in a vote of 63-0.
Commissioner Petersen is a long-time resident of Royalton Township near Pine City.
He and his wife, Alana, have two sons. The Petersens show horses around the state and have competed at the Minnesota State Fair for over 25 years.