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Brief: Vilsack to speak at SMSU

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Brief: Vilsack to speak at SMSU
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

MARSHALL -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at "The Home Grown Economy 2010: Equipping You to Build Community-based Food Systems" conference Monday and Tuesday at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

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Seventh District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, hosts the conference.

The conference begins with a local food and wine sampler showcase from 5-8 p.m. Monday in the Charter Hall 201 lobby. Peterson will give a short presentation, and there will be music, short films and clips about community-based food systems.

Tuesday's schedule begins with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations by both Peterson and Vilsack. Additional morning activities include a program on nurturing economic recovery through home-grown foods and community-based food system innovators. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion. All events will be in the Conference Center Ballroom at SMSU.

There is a fee to attend. For more information or to register, visit www.regionalpartnerships.umn.edu/ or phone Molly Werner, (507) 752-5062, or e-mail: werner022@umn.edu.

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