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Organic Valley farmers visit the University of Minnesota, Morris

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MORRIS - On Wednesday, Oct. 10, several young Organic Valley farmers stopped at the University of Minnesota, Morris to hand out samples of milk and string cheese and talk about organic agriculture.

The Generation Organic ("Gen-O") farmers have spent three weeks touring Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa in a bus powered by vegetable oil and biodiesel.

Prior to their stop at UMM, the Gen-O farmers toured the organic dairy herd at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. The milk from the WCROC's organic dairy herd - about 2,000 pounds per day - is sold to Organic Valley.

Emily Zweber, who farms with her husband, Tim, and family in Elko, Minn., said it was nice to see research on organic farming being done at the university level.

The Zweber's have 100 cows, about an average size for an organic dairy herd. Tim said organic farming is a good way for young people to get into the industry because organic farm is "more skill that capitol-based."

While on campus, the Gen-O farmers toured UMM's gardens and met with students from the Morris Healthy Eating Initiative and UMM Foodlums.

You can find out more about the tour by visiting or

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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