Farmers group to meet statewide

Published 10:48 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 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, according to a press release.

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, the release stated. 

“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.

• 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Eagles Club in Crookston

• 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at Lyon County Library in Marshall

• 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lake Superior College in Duluth

• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Cloud Public Library in St. Cloud

• 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at 125 Live in Rochester

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate one of the events should 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 they want to attend.