Thank you for your interest in applying for a seat on the Emerging Farmers' Working Group (EFWG) at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The Emerging Farmers’ Working Group was established in the 2020 legislative session (Chapter 89 Section 2 [17.055]):
"To advise the commissioner and legislature regarding the development and implementation of programs and initiatives that support emerging farmers in this state, the commissioner must periodically convene a working group consisting, to the extent possible, of persons who are, and organizations that represent, farmers or aspiring farmers who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, American Indian or Alaskan Natives, members of a community of color, young, and urban, and any other emerging farmers as determined by the commissioner."
As the MDA continues to build the agricultural industry of the future, the Emerging Farmers' Working Group works to identify and break down barriers which have historically prevented existing MDA programs from reaching underrepresented communities. The group provides guidance to the Commissioner of Agriculture on the development and implementation of current and existing programs and initiatives.
Agriculture has been and continues to be a foundation for Minnesota’s economy and the MDA is working hard to ensure that farmers from every community are engaged. It is critical that all voices and ideas are at the table.
Members of the MDA Emerging Farmers' Working Group all serve two-year terms. A complete application includes the information described below.
How We Notify You of the Decision
All applications must be received by the application deadline of September 8, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. All submitted applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the MDA Assistant Commissioner. This group may also ask to interview some applicants to gain clarity or a better understanding of what was written in the application. All applicants will be notified of committee decisions via email. If you are selected to serve, the notification email will provide you with dates and times of the meetings as well as orientation dates for new members. The orientation is mandatory for all new members.
Please be thoughtful in your answers to the questions below: Applications with missing or incomplete responses will not be considered for review.