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December 2010 Archives

snow-barn.jpgLast weekend's snowstorm in the southern part of Minnesota has resulted in significant amounts of snow on the roofs of agricultural and rural buildings.
Barley FieldMinnesota's crop economy, which totaled over $12.7 billion in 2009, depends not only on corn and soybeans but on a variety of other crops, including wheat, sugar beets, dry beans, alfalfa, sunflower, potatoes, oats, and barley. These crops are important in Minnesota in large part because our climate is conducive to their growth. Minnesota's climate trends, however, may affect some crops.

Arlene JonesThe reality is many kids don't understand where their food comes from and how it's produced; however, improving the health of our kids and local family farms is vital to Minnesota communities.

University of Minnesota Extension and other organizations, including the University Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships; the Minnesota Department of Health; the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; and the Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy, are leading efforts to bring together major players in the farm-to-school movement.

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