The Emerging Farmer Working Group was created in the 2020 Legislative Session.

The purpose of the working group is:

"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. No later than January 15 each year, the commissioner must update the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over agriculture regarding the working group's activities and recommendations.”

Working Group Members

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Emerging Farmers Working Group. Sign up for email updates to learn when applications open again in 2021.

The MDA is committed to establishing this working group in a way that is responsive to the communities it hopes to serve. We want the group to be a collaborative and inclusive space for Emerging Farmers that is created by Emerging Farmers and led by Emerging Farmers.


The first meeting will be held on November 6, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Attend November 6 meeting using Webex.

This meeting will be held virtually. Members of the public are welcome and public comments can be made through the chat box. Contact Ariel Kagan if you have questions or need reasonable accommodations.