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New study seeks input from Minnesota farmers on continuing education needs

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ST. PETER -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the Center for Rural Policy and Development are partnering in a major study that seeks to determine the educational needs and instructional preferences of Minnesota farmers. The study is the result of a recommendation from the 2010 Farm Business Management Education Task Force.

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A small sample of randomly selected Minnesota farmers will be receiving a questionnaire in the mail in late August or early September. The Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agriculture -- National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) is collecting the data. Farmers selected for the study are strongly encouraged to complete the questionnaire and return it in the stamped, self-addressed envelope.

For more information, contact Marnie Werner at the Center for Rural Policy and Development at mwerner@ruralmn.org or (507) 934-7700 or Richard Joerger, System Director for Agriculture for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System at richard.joerger@so.mnscu.edu or (651) 201-1660.

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