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Farm-town infusion

People are the foundation of every successful farming community. Through the jobs they hold, the businesses they run, the energy they bring and the civic duties they perform, people sustain and nurture farm towns.

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People are the foundation of every successful farming community. Through the jobs they hold, the businesses they run, the energy they bring and the civic duties they perform, people sustain and nurture farm towns.

To remain successful, farm and ranch towns need an occasional infusion of determined young people. Whether they grew up in the community or moved there from elsewhere, people in their 20s and 30s - farmers, ranchers, bankers, agronomists and anyone else involved in production ag - help to renew their towns.

Agweek plans to profile some of these people and their communities in a future issue, and we welcome your suggestions. We're looking for North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana farm towns with a recent influx of young men and women who are making their communities stronger.

If you know of such a town, please give us the following:

• The name of the community

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• A short description of what's happening

• The name of a contact person, with phone number or email address or both. Possibilities include a mayor, economic development leader or anyone else familiar with the community.

The towns will be featured in an Agweek cover package later this year. Please send your nominations by April 16 to Jonathan Knutson. My email is jknutson@agweek.com and direct phone number is 701-780-1111.

Upper Midwest agriculture needs farm towns, and successful farm towns need - and receive - contributions from a new generation. Help us tell their stories.

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