Collage of photos depicting people of various ethnicities engaged in farming

"Minnesota agriculture is made stronger by our diversity. I'm excited to see farmers from every community engage in an industry that is foundational to our state's culture and economy. We know that farmers face unique challenges when it comes to weather and commodity prices, and these barriers can prevent new or potential farmers from entering the field, especially those from underrepresented communities. As we build the agricultural industry of the future, it's critical that all voices and ideas are at the table, and I commend the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for starting this conversation." - Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture invites you to one of our upcoming Emerging Farmers Listening Sessions this fall. These sessions will serve to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.

The agriculture industry in Minnesota faces a time of transition, due to trade wars with China, lower commodity prices, high input costs and uncertainty about the future of farming. Our goal in these listening sessions is to hear from people directly about the barriers that emerging farmers face and also to learn to tell a more complete story about farming in Minnesota - one that accurately encompasses what farmers of all backgrounds are experiencing.

We hope to both gather information regarding issues that Minnesota emerging farmers are experiencing and work together to brainstorm potential solutions that will effectively transform the issues discussed.

Your voice is essential to our success in identifying ways to change the face of what agriculture looks like in Minnesota! Our hope is that, together, we will make a difference and create opportunities for the emerging farmers in our state.

Join us for one of our meetings

Friday, November 8, 2019
1-3 p.m.
Eagles Club (Chamber of Commerce Building, Second Floor)
105 S. Broadway
Crookston, MN 56717
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
1-3 p.m.
Lyon County Library
201 C Street South
Marshall, MN 56258
Thursday, November 14, 2019
1-3 p.m.
Lake Superior College Room S255
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Saint Cloud Public Library
1300 W. St. Germain Street
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
1-3 p.m.
125 Live - Cedar Rooms A & B
125 Elton Hills Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Please RSVP online or by contacting Christina Iliev at 651-201-6610 or

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact Christina Iliev at 651-201-6610 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 at least one week prior to the session you want to attend.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this information is available in alternative forms of communication upon request by calling 651-201-6000. TTY users can call the Minnesota Relay Service at 711. The MDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.