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Minnesota farmers have faced many pressures this growing season, from flooding to continued low commodity prices and trade difficulties. Help is out there, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is featuring several programs to assist farmers at Farmfest 2018. Those that stop at the MDA booth will find information on the Disaster Loan Program which can help farmers in the southwest region and around the state who were affected by spring and summer flooding. Farm Advocates can provide resources for those facing financial crisis.

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is pleased to announce that fourteen projects statewide, almost twice as many as last year, have been awarded funding through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). A total of $233,750 in grant funds has been awarded to projects to purchase equipment and make physical improvements, increasing access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in underserved and low and moderate income communities.

“Upgrading and purchasing new equipment can be a significant barrier for grocery stores and small food retailers and the Good…

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded a total of $233,750 in grants to nine statewide projects under the new AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development by assisting organizations and communities in obtaining the materials and services necessary for the successful promotion of urban agriculture.

“This first round of recipients is providing exciting and unique opportunities to introduce youth to agriculture,” said MDA Grant Administrator Erin…