Farm Horizons, Dec. 2015

Local farmer talks ag with DC students

By Solomon Gustavo

Cokato farmer Kevin Dahlman, as part of a group of agriculture speakers, has been touring the metro and surrounding areas, giving presentations on the growth of nutritious food. He made a stop at Dassel-Cokato High School’s cooking class Nov. 4.

Dahlman spoke as a represenative of Farming Today, a Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation program.

According to a Farming Today press release by Jennifer Fettchenhauer, the organization aims to spread the message of “how innovation in agriculture is helping Minnesota farmers raise healthy and nutritious food.”

Dahlman’s presentation shares “how science and technology has improved the quality of food while also improving animal care and protecting the environment,” Fettchenhauer wrote.

Dahlman and his wife, Nancy, grow corn and soybeans on their 2,000 acre farm near Cokato, according to the release.

“I am passionate about farming and proud to have passed down the strong tradition of American agriculture to our children,” Dahlman said in Fettchenhauer’s release. “I also believe it’s important that farmers share information with consumers about how food is grown today. People want to know where their food comes from, and I enjoy sharing how innovation in agriculture is helping us grow healthy food. I appreciate the teachers and students in Mrs. Danielson’s creative cooking classes at Dassel-Cokato High School for giving me the opportunity to share the story of our family farm,” he continued.

“It’s important for the kids to know where their food comes from,” Lisa Danielson, who is married to a farmer, said.

According to the press release, Minnesota agriculture contributes $75 billion in economic impact annually while supporting 340,000 jobs in the state.

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