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Published August 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

Minnesota’s farmers offer free groceries for a year

MINNEAPOLIS — Free groceries for a year are being offered as part of a promotion for Minnesota farmers.

By: Tribune News, West Central Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS — Free groceries for a year are being offered as part of a promotion for Minnesota farmers.

Consumers who register for the promotion have a chance of winning any of two grand prizes of “free groceries’ for a year,” according to a news release from the Center for Food Integrity.

Two area farmers, Charity Vold, who operates a Glenwood area dairy, and Bill Wuertz, who raises chickens in the Paynesville area, are among the Minnesota farmers who will provide free groceries to the winners.

Consumers who wish to participate can do so at www.FarmersFeedUS.org. Upon visiting the site, consumers register by “meeting a Minnesota farmer” through a short video that shows how the farmer produces safe, nutritious and affordable food. Consumers can register with each of the nine featured farmers daily through Nov. 6, the end of the 90-day program.

The Farmers Feed U.S. website features beef, chicken, corn, dairy, egg, hog, soybean, and turkey farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and their family. In addition to guiding visitors through their registration for free groceries, each farmer also offers a brief online tour of their farm.

The free groceries for a year have an estimated value of $5,000. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and several commodity and livestock groups are participating in the promotion. The Center for Food Integrity is a nonprofit based in Kansas City, Mo.

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