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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.

“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo will be at the Dane County Farmers Market located on the grounds of the State Capitol building in Madison, Wis. on Saturday, August 2. The Madison farmers market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the U.S. On August 8, the USDA Farmers Market, located at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC, will host a Healthy Back-To-School Challenge to show kids and their families how to cook simple, healthy, and delicious snacks with seasonal ingredients. Other USDA officials will be at other farmers market locations across the country throughout the week.

Thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm. They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or newer operations. Farmers markets increasingly offer electronic benefits transfer technology that can be used by recipients of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - as well as low-income women, infants, and children and seniors participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs - to get fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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Retail gasoline prices likely to drop over the next two weeks

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

If you’re seeing a pleasant decrease in the price at the pump you’re not imagining things. The U.S. average retail price of gasoline has fallen below $3.60/gal for the first time since April 10, 2014. Prices have been on an 18 consecutive day ..... 
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State gains 8,500 jobs in June

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 8,500 jobs in June, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The second straight month of strong job growth brought net job gains in Minnesota to 1 ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.14.14

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Governor Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described wi ..... 
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New law will protect health and safety of Minnesota dogs and cats

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New state regulations to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats will take effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature enacted the new law, creating ..... 
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MDA Commissioner visits agricultural innovators Tour a farm operations expanding with ag grants

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is touring the Southeastern part of the state to showcase business owners expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants. The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovat ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has no ..... 
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Absentee ballots for August primary allow for early voting beginning June 27

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota voters can cast their ballots early for the August 12 Primary Election by voting absentee starting Friday, June 27. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them, or vote absentee in-person at their count ..... 
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