New and potential farmers in Minnesota face multiple barriers that make it more difficult for the next generation to enter or stay in agriculture, more than 200 people told the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in six listening sessions around the state and via the Internet in 2019.

The results of those meetings have been collected in the Emerging Farmers in Minnesota report to the Legislature, which is now available on MDA’s website.

The report lays out recommendations on reducing or eliminating those barriers and suggests the creation of an Emerging Farmers Task Force to provide expert guidance on how to achieve those goals.