A bill has been laid over for inclusion in the Minnesota House omnibus agriculture bill. This proposal would establish an emerging farmer office within the Department of Agriculture and hire an outreach coordinator. Janssen Hang represented Hmong farmers during the hearing. “By supporting this bill, we’re also building a stronger Minnesota and a next generation of Minnesota farmers with names like Vang, Yang, Gomez, Rodriquez and Santiago.” This bill provides $500,000 in grants to the Hmong American Farmers Association and the Latino Economic Development Center and $400,000 for emerging farmers of color and emerging farmer organizations led by people of color. An amendment was also approved that appropriates $10 million for urban agriculture initiatives dealing with fresh food access and food deserts.
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