Farming Listening Session Coming To St. Cloud

Farming Listening Session Coming To St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) – St. Cloud is one of five cities hosting a public listening session to find ways to get more minorities and people of color farming in the state.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Emerging Farmers Working Group says the meeting is to identify better the barriers farmers are facing and work toward solutions to remove those barriers.


The MDA wants to hear about how tariffs and inclement weather is preventing people from starting a farm.


The state is also looking for suggestions on how to deal with issues farmers are facing.


The MDA says minority farmers will be critical as the state builds the agricultural industry of the future.


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 St. Cloud listening session is Wednesday, December 4th, at the St. Cloud Public Library, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


The others are:

Friday, November 8 – 1-3 p.m., Eagles Club, Crookston

Tuesday, November 12 – 1-3 p.m., Lyon County Library, Marshall

Thursday, November 14 – 1-3 p.m., Lake Superior College, Duluth

Wednesday, December 11 – 1-3 p.m., 125 Live, Rochester


Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please 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 before the session you want to attend.

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