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Commerce Department will be on duty at Farmfest to reunite Minnesotans with missing money, offer guidance on energy efficiency

7/28/2017 10:04:37 AM

For Immediate Release

REDWOOD FALLS, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will once again be at Farmfest, on August 1-3, offering information and assistance to the state’s farm community and agribusinesses. 

As a special opportunity, Commerce Department staff will available to help Farmfest attendees do a quick computer database search to see if they have any unclaimed property with the State of Minnesota and, if they do, immediately start the claims process on-site.

“In the past five years, Commerce’s unclaimed property program has returned $182 million in missing money to nearly 100,000 people,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency protects consumers and oversees more than 20 regulated industries in the state. “Commerce is here to help and serve as a trusted public resource for Minnesota consumers and businesses.”

Located at Booth 3205 inside the Ag Tent between 7th and 8th streets, Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about the following topics affecting farmers, their families and agribusinesses: 

Unclaimed Property

Staff will be available on Tuesday, August 1st, to help Farmfest attendees search for missing money on the state’s computer database. People may lose track of their financial accounts or other assets because of a change of address, death or just plain forgetfulness. Businesses turn over unclaimed funds to Commerce, which is responsible for tracking the money until claimed by the rightful owners or heirs.


Farmfest attendees can consult experts from Commerce’s Energy Information Center on Wednesday, August 2nd. Staff will provide information to farmers on how to capture savings from energy efficiency and renewable energy, both at home and in the field. 

Weights & Measures

Since 1885 – when it was created to resolve disputes about measuring grain involving farmers, railroads, millers and elevator owners – the Weights & Measures Division has helped instill confidence in the marketplace through the inspection of fuel pumps and scales used to buy and sell commodities. An inspector will be on-hand Thursday, August 3rd, to discuss Commerce’s role, including support for Minnesota’s ethanol and biodiesel industries.


When farmers and rural property owners discover hidden or leaking petroleum tanks on their property, Commerce helps provide the resources and assistance to properly clean and remove the tanks. Petrofund staff can help determine eligibility for reimbursements on Thursday, August 3rd. 

Commerce is here to help

If you have questions or concerns related to the industries regulated by the Minnesota Commerce Department, contact the Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).

For more information on energy topics, contact the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center by phone at 651-539-1886 or 800-657-3710 (Greater Minnesota) or by email at

Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 |


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