From Grand Old Days to the State Fair, Minnesota has a terrific set of summer get-togethers. One particular event that is happening this week may not be on the radar screen for many urban Minnesotans, but it is a big deal for Minnesota farmers and others who work in agriculture.
Farmfest, held every August just outside Redwood Falls, is an opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest technologies and equipment, as well as an opportunity for farmers to learn about the range services provided to them by a bevy of organizations. Farmfest 2012 will be held this week, from Tuesday, August 7, through Thursday, August 9. Governor Dayton will be there on Tuesday, and will speak at the main forum tent at 1 p.m. just before Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and a number of other leaders from partner agencies participate in a panel discussion on agriculture and water quality.
In addition to the forum events, several state agencies will have displays at booths around the Farmfest grounds. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will have a sizable booth (#619) displaying information about new and notable programs and services of interest to farmers. This year, the display will feature segments on the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, as well as informative displays on anhydrous ammonia safety, plant pest controls, and agricultural marketing and development services designed to help farmers.
This year, of course, Farmfest takes place in the shadow of a growing drought that is affecting many farmers – particularly those in the western portions of the state. MDA’s booth will feature information to help farmers dealing with the drought, and will promote the department’s new dedicated drought website at www.mda.state.mn.us/drought.
If you get a chance to drop by Farmfest, stop by to say hello!