June 11, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen has appointed Patrice Bailey to an Assistant Commissioner post at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Bailey will oversee Outreach, Agricultural Marketing and Development, Dairy and Meat Inspection, and Food and Feed Safety for the MDA.

Bailey, a native of Harlem, New York, holds a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He has served the Twin Cities in several positions focused on bridging underrepresented communities of color to various available resources and advocating for them legislatively at the Capitol. Most recently, he served as the Outreach Director for the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

“I’m pleased to have Patrice join our team,” said Commissioner Petersen. “His expertise in working with communities of color and his passion for agriculture will be tremendous assets to our agency.”

“I believe agriculture is an important catalyst to building bridges,” said Bailey. “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to strengthening the MDA’s outreach efforts throughout the state.”

Bailey’s appointment became effective June 10.

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