A University of Minnesota Extension researcher surveyed health institutions in western Minnesota and found considerable interest in using local food in their meals. He also determined that if producers extend their season with greenhouses and better storage technology they can double their market.
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Stimulated by a report suggesting rural Minnesota has lost influence, some 30 representatives of foundations, the University of Minnesota extension, and regional and state officials started work on an effort to organize a rural voice.
The Whole Farm Co-op in Long Prairie, around since 1997, is changing the way it provides local farm produce and meats to customers, mainly in the Twin Cities. The changes are driven by competition from other local food sources.
Legislation in both Minnesota houses would spend $500,000 a year to create a broadband development office that would track and promote ways to increase high-speed Internet availability in the state.
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A local-government-aid compromise moving in the Legislature would benefit suburbia and exurbia but also regional job hubs in outstate Minnesota. An initial increase of $60 million per year would rise with inflation.
The number of CSA farms has grown dramatically in Minnesota, from just eight in 2004 to at least 100 today.