The creativity and ingenuity of Minnesota farmers are the focus of a new radio series, Spotlight on Specialty Crops. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) supports the radio series with funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The series is produced by the Minnesota Farm Network, which broadcasts throughout the state.
The minute-long features traverse the state and explore how Minnesota growers are improving production, profitability and personal satisfaction with specialty crops. The MDA works with an advisory committee to suggest topics to feature and provide further resources for interested farmers.
The first show in the series was recently released and spotlights SFA members Finke’s Berry Farm, a pick-your-own strawberry grower in Carlton.
Other topics to air in the 12 show lineup include hops, mushrooms, dry beans, ginger and season extension strategies. Audio files and transcripts of each show are posted at the MDA’s new spotlight page, which includes links to resources and information on each topic.
To find the Minnesota Farm Network station in your area, or to listen online, visit www.minnesotafarmnetwork.com. To suggest stories for this series call Meg Moynihan at 651.201.6616.