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Farm families lay foundation for Minnesota's economy

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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(7/11/2011) —This is Bev Durgan on the Farm.

Modern Minnesota agriculture got its start when a few courageous families moved out on the prairie. They lived in sod houses, faced fierce blizzards and struggled to survive on their newly homesteaded land. Those pioneer families made decisions that laid the foundation for agriculture becoming a leading factor in Minnesota's economy.

Life has changed considerably since those pioneer times, but the one thing that hasn't changed is the importance of farm families to Minnesota agriculture. Farm families make the decisions that increase production, build rural communities and provide consumers with safe and healthy foods.

Earlier this year, local county Extension committees throughout Minnesota selected a family in their county to be honored as farm family of the year. You will see these Farm Families of the Year recognized at local events this summer and also at the official recognition ceremony at on August 4 at Farmfest in a program emceed by Tom Rothman and other Minnesota Farm Network broadcasters.

These are families that make a difference in their counties. Some are innovators and early adopters. Others are leaders in their community, involved in their church and school and value-added operations.

These successful farm families have looked at the challenges facing their farms, their rural communities and agriculture and found innovative ways to make a difference. The University of Minnesota is proud to honor these families and salutes their willingness to make a difference on their farms and in their communities.

This is Bev Durgan on the Minnesota Farm Network.

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