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Program is for immigrant farmers

November 23, 2018

ST. PAUL — Big River Farms, formerly Minnesota Food Association, a program of The Food Group, will have its 14th annual Emerging Farmers Conference Jan. 25-26.

The conference is designed to advance the success of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.

The conference connects farmers with advocates, educators and other experts. There will be information about soil fertility, how to find land to farm, understanding USDA programs and resources, what and why to grow cover crops, and chickens for meat or eggs. The keynote speaker will be Javier Garcia of Agua Gorda Cooperative and Shared Ground Cooperative in Long Prairie, Minn.

The conference is free and includes interpretation in Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Nepali and Somali. It will be at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

For more information or to register, go to mnfoodassociation.org, or call Emily Squyres at 651-433-3676. Registration closes on Jan. 19.

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