Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest
August 07, 2012
For Immediate Release
REDWOOD FALLS, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before. The Commerce Department booth is located in the Agriculture Building, where Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about the following topics affecting the lives of farm families and businesses:
Weights and Measures – From grain elevators, to grocery stores, to gas stations, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Weights and Measures Division helps ensure accuracy and fairness in Minnesota’s rural marketplace.
Petrofund – When farmers and rural property owners discover hidden or leaking petroleum tanks on their property, the Minnesota Department of Commerce helps provide the resources and assistance to properly clean and remove the tanks.
Crop Insurance – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) runs the nation’s crop insurance program. The Minnesota Department of Commerce can serve as a resource for farmers with questions about crop insurance.
Energy – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources can help farmers capture savings from energy efficiency improvements on their farms – from home energy efficiency techniques to farm energy audits, the Commerce Department is here to help.
Health Insurance Exchange – Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange will help thousands of Minnesota farmers access quality health coverage at a price they can afford. Commerce Department staff will help answer questions about the exchange and how it will affect Minnesota consumers and businesses.
Broadband – Access to high-speed internet is an important issue for farm families and businesses across Greater Minnesota. Commerce Department staff will be on-hand to discuss the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband and the Department’s Office of Broadband Development.
“The Minnesota Department of Commerce has a significant ability to help the people and businesses of Greater Minnesota,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “We are excited to speak directly with Minnesotans this week about the services our Department provides, and the many ways our work helps support economic growth in Minnesota’s rural communities.”
Commissioner Rothman will visit Farmfest on Wednesday, August 8 from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Rothman will attend the pancake breakfast in the morning, meet with agriculture-related media outlets, visit several exhibits, and will also be on hand to talk one-on-one with visitors at the Commerce booth.