December 18, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has added another Farm Advocate to its ranks. Steve Zenk joined the team earlier this fall, bringing the total number of statewide Farm Advocates to 10.

Farm Advocates provide free, one-on-one assistance to Minnesota farmers facing crises caused by natural disasters or financial problems. Steve Zenk, owner and operator of Zenk’s Prairie Vine Farm, will serve the Renville County area.

“Working with farm families has been my life’s work,” said Zenk, now retired after 30 years of working as a Farm Business Management Instructor. “This is a tough time to be working in agriculture and I hope to be a good resource for farm families who are looking for help or guidance.”

The Farm Advocates Program has been supported by the MDA since 1984. The Advocates receive continuing education and training in complex and ever-changing issues relating to agriculture to help farmers make decisions.

“When a farm family is facing a crisis, they might not know where to turn,” said Zenk. “The Advocates are here to help farmers and their families find their way through the unique challenges they face.”

For more information about the Farm Advocates, including a list of contact information, visit



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