SAINT PAUL — Minnesota Food Association, a program of The Food Group, is hosting the 13th annual Emerging Farmers Conference (EFC). The Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly known as the Immigrant and & Minority Farmers Conference) is specifically 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 will take place at the University of Minnesota on January 26th and 27th, 2018.
The conference connects farmers with advocates, educators and experts, and empowers farmers to lead change in their communities through healthy food access, education, and economic opportunity.
Farmers gain specific, hands-on knowledge that is directly applicable to their businesses, including financial and business planning; production techniques for specialty crops; weed management; wholesale contracts; and food safety. New this year will be hands-on Friday evening workshops covering: growing healthy transplants, farm business planning, and High Tunnel systems.
The conference is free for farmers and includes interpretation in Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Nepali, and Somali. Interpretation services are based on registration. It will take place January 26-27, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, located at 1890 Buford Avenue in St. Paul.
For additional information and to register, please visit mnfoodassociation.org. Registration is also available by calling Moua Meng Yang at 651-495-1528. Registration closes on January 19th, but no farmer will be turned away.
— Minnesota Food Association
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