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Sign up to win free groceries at MDA State Fair booth

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will offer Minnesota residents a chance to register for $5,000 worth of groceries at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

The prize is part of the Minnesota Farmers Feed US campaign sponsored by several Minnesota agriculture organizations, including MDA. Farmers Feed US is a consumer education campaign featuring farmers who show how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food.

By visiting the MDA's State Fair booth or visiting the Minnesota Farmers Feed US website (www.farmersfeedus.org), residents can register for two $5,000 grand prizes. At the website, consumers watch a short video that introduces them to one of nine featured Minnesota farmers and their families.

"MDA is excited to join our partners in agriculture to offer this great campaign," said Assistant MDA Commissioner Robin Kinney. "Consumers are increasingly curious about food production and many of the featured farmers, their families and others involved in Minnesota agriculture will staff the MDA booth to answer their questions. The added bonus is fairgoers can also register right there to win groceries for a year."

The MDA booth is located in the Agriculture/Horticulture building on the State Fairgrounds.

The Farmers Feed US website features beef, chicken, corn, dairy, egg, hog, soybean, and turkey farmers from across the state. Consumers can register online with each of the nine featured farmers daily through November 6, the end of the 90-day program.

Over the course of the 90-day campaign, Minnesota residents will also see and hear from these farmers as they are featured in television advertising and on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to MDA, other participating agriculture groups include the Minnesota Pork Board, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Beef Council, and Gold n' Plump.

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