Opportunities for Minnesota's Rural Communities - Community Discussions on Rural Economic Opportunities from the 2008 Farm Bill - Rescheduled - original community discussions postponed due to weather

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Steph Larsen, StephL@cfra.org, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1014 or Terry VanDerPol, tlvdp@landstewardshipproject.org, (320) 269-2105
The Center for Rural Affairs and Land Stewardship Project are teaming up to present information on the Value Added Producer Grant Program and the new Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Other information, such as Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and how it impacts farmers who market locally, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, changes in meat inspection and opportunities for processing locally grown meat and selling across state lines, and the Conservation Stewardship Program will also be available.

The meetings had originally been scheduled for March 10 and March 11, but due to adverse weather conditions the meetings have been rescheduled. "We know the change of dates and locations have been confusing, but we hope the new dates give more people an opportunity to attend these meetings," said Steph Larsen, policy organizer for the Center for Rural Affairs.

"Rural Minnesotans who are interested in starting a new business and want to be part of growing new opportunities in their community or on their farm should be part of these discussions," commented Larsen. "The 2008 Farm Bill created some exciting new opportunities for rural economic development. The Center for Rural Affairs and Land Stewardship Project are excited about helping folks learn how these programs can work for our rural communities."

Individuals interested in attending can contact Steph Larsen at the Center for Rural Affairs (402-687-2103 ext. 1014 or StephL@cfra.org) for additional information, or just show up at the meeting that is most convenient.  Everyone who is interested in these topics and these programs is encouraged to contact the event organizers with questions in advance by going to: http://www.cfra.org/09/sustainable-options, and leaving a comment.

What: A community discussion on rural economic opportunities created in the 2008 Farm Bill.

When and Where:

Tuesday, March 24
2:30 to 4:30 PM
Redwood Falls Library
509 South Lincoln St.
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Tuesday, March 24
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Montevideo High School lunchroom
1501 William AVE
Montevideo, Minnesota

Wednesday, March 25
1:30 to 3:30 PM
US Fish and Wildlife Service
43875 230th St (Highway 59)
Morris, Minnesota
Wednesday, March 25
5:00 to 6:30 PM
Countryside Public Health Meeting Room
47 NW Second St
Ortonville, Minnesota

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