"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 convened six Emerging Farmers Listening Sessions this fall. These sessions' aim was 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 gathered information regarding issues that Minnesota emerging farmers are experiencing and brainstormed potential solutions to 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. Whether you participated in the listening sessions or not, please take our online survey to help us better focus our upcoming work in this area.
Emerging Farmer Survey
*Survey closes January 10, 2020*
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture Emerging Farmer Survey (English)
- Tshawb Xyuas Neeg ua Liaj ua Teb Tshiab (Hmong)
- Encuesta para agricultores emergentes (Spanish)
- Sahaminta Beeralayda Soo Baxaya (Somali)
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.