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Published May 31, 2009, 12:56 PM

Forum will examine sustainable agriculture practices

The Douglas County Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) will sponsor an open forum on Sustainable Agriculture Practices on Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Technical College.

The Douglas County Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) will sponsor an open forum on Sustainable Agriculture Practices on Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Technical College in Room 205.

The program is open to the public and is intended to address a topic that directly impacts developments and concerns in the community.

The health and stability of the soil of Douglas County is important to the people living in the county as well as to people throughout the world who receive the food products that are grown and processed here, local DFL leaders noted. Sustainable agriculture addresses the concerns of farmers, organic gardeners, and local food cooperatives to ensure that they are able to continue to produce quality food indefinitely.

Three main goals of sustainable agriculture include: environmental stewardship, farm profitability, and creating prosperous farming communities.

Speakers for this session include:

Toni Merdan, economic specialist at Representative Collin Peterson’s Detroit Lakes office, who will team with Tom Meium, an agricultural and horticultural specialist from Willmar.

Douglas Hartwig, director of the United States Department of Agriculture, Statistical Service for Minnesota, who will talk about a survey he's currently concluding on organic farming developments.

Gary Brever, owner and operator of the Ploughshare Farm near Parkers Prairie, who will discuss practices that are used in his local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

There will also be a question-and-answer session moderated by Dr. Lowell Anderson.

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