Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson announced the new 13-member roster of the Organic Advisory Task Force. The new members will serve three-year terms, representing organic farmers, retailers, educators, certifiers, consumers and the public.
Winona County resident Jim Riddle will serve as chairman representing organic farmers. Also chosen was Rory Beyers of St. Charles, also represerning organic farmers.
Members of the Task Force will advise the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Minnesota on policies concerning organic production in Minnesota, and weigh in on how to effectively provide outreach, education, research, and technical assistance to the greater organic community.
According to the latest data from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of organic operations in Minnesota totaled 659 in 2015, ranking 7th in the nation.......