ST. PAUL The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is gathering ideas to consider for the state’s next biennial budget. Farmers, food businesses and others impacted by food and agriculture systems are all invited to share policy, funding and program suggestions.

The MDA is hosting two virtual public input sessions where people can share their ideas directly. The two sessions will take place on Zoom. Participation is free, but registration is required.

The sessions are scheduled for Sept. 7 from 2–3:30 p.m. (Register at; and Sept. 8 from 5:30–7 p.m. (Register at

Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in signing up for a 3-minute speaking slot. 

In addition, written submissions are being accepted through Sept. 15. The submission form can be found at

The Minnesota Legislature appropriates funds for the MDA and related agricultural activities through a two-year budget bill which is part of the state’s overall government funding. The next legislative session begins on Jan. 3 and will determine the next two-year state budget.

This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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