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7th Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference, Feb. 3-4, 2012

03 Jan

News Release

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 16, 2011

Media Contacts:
Glen Hill, Minnesota Food Association, 651-433-3676, ext. 11, or
Ly Vang, Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women, 651-222-0475

7th Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference
Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2012 in St. Paul, MN.

St. Paul— Minority and immigrant farmers are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference. Hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, Minnesota Food Association, USDA-Farm Service Agency and USDA NRCS, the two-day conference provides education and resources to small farm operators and fosters relationships between farmers and community partners. Major sponsors of the conference include: AgStar, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, USDA Risk Management Agency, USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, CHS, United FCS and University of Minnesota.

Women and Immigrants are among the fastest growing sector of farmers. The conference supports these new and aspiring farmers and their contribution to building an adequate supply of local foods, local economic development and healthy communities.

The 7th Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference will be held on February 3-4, 2012 at the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Event Hall, 710 Olive Street, St. Paul, MN. The theme of the 2012 Conference is “Planting Seeds for Success on your Farm.”

Registration is on-line at www.mnfoodassociation.org, or by calling MFA at 651-433-3676, or the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota at 651-222-0475, or for Spanish speakers, call the Main Street Project at 507-786-990. The conference is free to farmers, and language interpretation is available. The cost for other interested parties is $50 per day.

Please register by Monday, January 23, 2012. Interested farmers and CBOs who have questions should contact:
Ly Vang, at 651-222-0475, e-mail: lyvangaahwmn@yahoo.com;
Joci Tilsen at 651-433-3676 ext. 14 or e-mail: jtilsen@mnfoodassociation.org
Nigatu Tadesse at 651-602-7705 or email nigatu.tadesse@mn.usda.gov

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