2024 State of Ag report release event planned

GreenSeam will release its annual State of Ag report during a special National Ag Day event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 19, at Sky One Eleven, 111 S. Second St., seventh floor, Mankato.

The fifth annual report collects data from across the food and ag industry to empower businesses and inform public officials. Attendees will receive an exclusive first look at the findings and hear an overview of the regional food and ag industry’s challenges and opportunities for 2024.

Food and ag businesses, educators and community leaders from across southern Minnesota are encouraged to attend.

Megan Roberts and DQ Spencer of Minnesota State University, Mankato, will present key takeaways from the survey and focus groups, looking at the last five years of data to show where the regional industry is headed. Themes of this year’s survey are workforce, state regulations and rising costs.

Ben Winchester, Extension Educator and Rural Sociologist of the University of Minnesota Extension, will offer a data-backed perspective on the vitality of rural and ag-based communities, while Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey will offer the department’s perspective on the past and upcoming year for the statewide industry.

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