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Radio series highlights Minnesota farmers

The creativity and ingenuity of Minnesota farmers are the focus of a new radio series, Spotlight on Specialty Crops. 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) supports the radio series with funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The series is produced by the Minnesota Farm Network, which broadcasts throughout the state.

The minute-long features explore how Minnesota growers improve production, profitability and personal satisfaction with specialty crops.

The MDA works with an advisory committee to suggest topics to feature and provide further resources for interested farmers.

“While beginning farmers are often interested in specialty crops, we also want to plant the idea with our established crop and livestock farmers who are thinking about diversifying their operations,” said MDA project coordinator Meg Moynihan.

The first show in the series was recently released and spotlights Finke’s Berry Farm, a pick-your-own strawberry grower in Northeast Minnesota.

Other topics to air in the 12-show line-up include hops, mushrooms, dry beans, ginger and more.