The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Farmers Markets and Growers Association hosted their annual Local Foods Conference this past weekend in Mandan. NDFMGA President Ross Lockhart says growers are focused on the factors that can be controlled. “Some of those things are having a strong business plan and managing your marketing activities,” says Lochkart. “The nuts and bolts pieces are also important. Producers are learning about how to evaluate plants and monitor them during the growing season.” Listen to the full RRFN story.