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Farmfest 2013: Commerce Department Provides Bountiful Crop of Information for Families and Businesses

August 05, 2013


For Immediate Release:

REDWOOD FALLS, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before. The Commerce Department booth is located in the Agriculture Tents, where Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about the following topics affecting the lives of farm families and businesses:

  • Weights and Measures – From grain elevators, to grocery stores, to gas stations, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Weights and Measures Division helps ensure accuracy and fairness in Minnesota’s rural marketplace.
  • Petrofund – When farmers and rural property owners discover hidden or leaking petroleum tanks on their property, the Minnesota Department of Commerce helps provide the resources and assistance to properly clean and remove the tanks.
  • Crop Insurance – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) runs the nation’s crop insurance program. The Minnesota Department of Commerce can serve as a resource for farmers with questions about crop insurance.
  • Energy – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources can help farmers capture savings from energy efficiency improvements on their farms – from employing renewable energy sources, to home energy efficiency techniques and information regarding biomass and bioenergy, to farm energy audits, the Commerce Department is here to help. 
  • Health Insurance Changes – Starting January 1, 2014, changes in health insurance law due to the Affordable Care Act will be effective.  The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a resource for information on rates, policies, and insurance questions.
  • Consumer Response Team – The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Consumer Response Team (CRT) is here to help Minnesotans sort through their insurance questions and complaints during a time of crisis or for every day issues regarding insurance.

“Farmfest has a long tradition of providing a wealth of information for farmers in Minnesota and the Commerce Department is excited to be at the event to share our resources with the people and businesses of Greater Minnesota,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “There is nothing better than having the opportunity to speak with Minnesotans face-to-face about all of the ways the Department’s work supports economic growth in Minnesota’s rural economies as well as the services we provide to consumers across the state.”

Commissioner Rothman will visit Farmfest on Tuesday, August 6 from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Rothman will participate in the “The Future Direction of Renewable Energy Policy” panel, meet with agriculture-related media outlets, visit several exhibits, and will also be on hand to talk one-on-one with visitors at the Commerce booth.

WHO: 
Commissioner Mike Rothman

WHAT: 
Visit to Farmfest 

WHEN: 
Tuesday, August 6th
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
Farmfest
Agriculture Tents
Gilfillan Estates
28366 County Hwy 13
Morgan, MN 56266