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                                                                         News Feature                                                           2/7/2011

Sixth Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference

The Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, Minnesota Food Association, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Farm Service Agency (FSA) and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) served as co-hosts for the Sixth Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota February 4-5, 2011.    The event was held at the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenter Event Hall.  A total of 305 people registered for this sixth annual conference.

“NRCS wants to continue to do outreach and figure out better ways to bring farmers into our programs,” said Don Baloun, State Conservationist, Minnesota NRCS.  “Stop by the NRCS Field Offices so that we can do better in getting program information to you.”

The 2011 Conference Theme for the Sixth Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference was “Planting Seeds for Success on your Farm.”   This two-day conference focused on many important topics including whole farm planning, season extension, organic practices, finding resources for your farm, seed saving, poultry production, and diversifying of farm markets.

Barriers for success in farming for minority vegetable growers in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area are due in part to: access to and knowledge of markets, access to agricultural land and language and cultural barriers.  Realizing the importance of overcoming these barriers this conference was planned to address these barriers of concern.

Gathering people together for a conference such as this helps set the stage for the fostering of partnerships between non-governmental community-based organizations and other education institutions.

For more information regarding the Sixth Annual Immigrant and Minority Conference, please contact Cutrina Moreland at Minnesota NRCS at 651-602-7882. 

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