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.

Listening sessions have been scheduled and are open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 at the Lyon County Library in Marshall, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 in the Saint Cloud Public Library in Saint Cloud. Completion of an online RSVP on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website is required to attend the sessions. Disability accommodations can be made with one week’s prior notice at 651-201-6610, or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711.

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