Posts by tag: Minnesota Department of Agriculture
–by Liz Morrison The Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable aims to make Minnesota a national and global leader in green energy. First convened in 2006 by AURI, the Roundtable brings people and ideas together to spur renewable energy development. Today, participants represent more than 200 Minnesota businesses, government agencies, universities, economic development groups, and non-profits from […]
–by Luke O’Neill Minnesotans love seafood. While the state is home to the popular walleye, that’s not always what’s on the menu. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 90 percent of the U.S. seafood consumption is imported and most of that is shrimp. Per capita, Americans consume about 4.9 pounds of shrimp […]
Organic conference January 8-9, 2016 St. Cloud, MN
–by Jonathan Eisenthal It’s a vivid snapshot of the garden and yard industry in Minnesota, and what it adds to the Minnesota economy: $3.5 billion dollars 42,000 full and part-time employees $1.9 billion in direct sales. Having come out the other side of the Great Recession, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) wanted to […]
–by Liz Morrison Minnesota’s small meat processing industry is entering a critical transition period, as aging owners approach retirement, and aging facilities need modernizing. That’s according to a new AURI survey of Minnesota’s 280 small meat and poultry processors. The study, released in May, found that two-thirds of the owner-operators of small meat processing plants […]
An AURI survey of 280 small meat processors found that two-thirds of owner operators of Minnesota processing plans are at, or near retirement age.
About this report: This study was initiated to determine the needs of the meat processing industry in Minnesota. Project outcomes: The findings are intended to be informative of the needs and priorities of small meat processors to determine targeted services and funding opportunities.
Not all Minnesota State Fair food came deep-fried, skewered on a stick this year. Some was farm fresh, healthy and even gourmet. Minnesota Cooks, a full-day showcase of foods made with Minnesota-grown ingredients by premier Minnesota chefs, made its ninth state fair appearance on August 28. “Buying local and making the connection between where your […]
But agriculture still has a big impact on urban folks.
Agriculture is the state’ second largest employer, and 80 percent of the industry’s jobs are in processing, distribution and supply, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Most of those off-farm jobs are in the Twin Cities and suburbs.
Minnetonka, Minn. — Theresa Oslund began baking as a child, learning from her grandmother’s expertise. As a grown-up, she developed her own specialties, including a cranberry-macadamia snack mix for gifts and special occasions. Family and friends urged her to sell the snack and, 15 years later, it clicked. Oslund decided it was “time to do […]