ST. PAUL — Minnesotans interested in making it easier for new and emerging farmers to create or sustain an ag business are encouraged to apply to join a legislatively created Emerging Farmers’ Working Group through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Interested people can apply by Oct. 2, to serve on the working group, which will have 15 to 20 members and meet on a regular basis, beginning in November.

The working group will advise the MDA and the Minnesota Legislature on how to support emerging farmers and create a climate where everyone who wants to farm can succeed. It was created as a result of six listening sessions throughout Minnesota in the fall of 2019. The findings of those listening sessions were compiled in a legislative report, which recommended creation of a working group to provide guidance to Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen on developing programs and initiatives to support emerging farmers in Minnesota.

Anyone is eligible to apply. Priority areas for membership include women, veterans, persons with a disability/disabilities, American Indian/Alaska Native, communities of color, young or urban.

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