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St. Paul, MN: A new team of food safety experts has been created to help speed up the licensing process for Minnesota food businesses. The goal of the Food Innovation Team (FIT), a subcommittee of Minnesota’s Food Safety and Defense Task Force, is to help state regulators accommodate new and innovative food business models while maintaining high food safety standards.

“Obtaining a food license can be a daunting process,” said Jim Roettger, Licensing Liaison for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “The Food Innovation Team will help business owners untangle…

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has announced new appointments to his leadership team at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Frederickson has named Andrea Vaubel as the agency’s Deputy Commissioner. Vaubel replaces former Deputy Commissioner Matt Wohlman who took a position in the private sector. Vaubel has served as Assistant Commissioner at the MDA since 2016 and has worked in the Commissioner’s office since 2013.

Frederickson also named Whitney Place to serve as Assistant Commissioner to oversee the Ag Marketing and Development and Plant…

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $2 million through the competitively awarded AGRI Crop Research Grant. Grant funds are available for applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Funding for the grants was established through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries.

The primary goal of the AGRI Crop Research Grant is to promote economic growth as well as to innovative…