October 23, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Emerging Farmers Working Group plans to meet in five locations around the state this fall to better identify the barriers farmers are facing and work toward solutions to remove those barriers.

The group's goal is to advance the success and sustainability of immigrant farmers, farmers of color, and beginning farmers, who traditionally cannot access the resources necessary to build a profitable agricultural business.

"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," said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. "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."

The following listening sessions have been scheduled and are open to the public. Completion of an online RSVP is required to attend the sessions.

  • Friday, November 8 - 1-3 p.m., Eagles Club, Crookston
  • Tuesday, November 12 - 1-3 p.m., Lyon County Library, Marshall
  • Thursday, November 14 - 1-3 p.m., Lake Superior College, Duluth
  • Wednesday, December 4 - 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saint Cloud Public Library, Saint Cloud
  • Wednesday, December 11 - 1-3 p.m., 125 Live, Rochester

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

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Media Contact
Larry Schumacher, MDA Communications
651-201-6629
larry.schumacher@state.mn.us