Emerging Farmers’ Working Group seeks members

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Emerging Farmers’ Working Group (EFWG) has openings for nine volunteer members for two-year terms. Minnesotans interested in making it easier for new and emerging farmers to create or sustain an agricultural business are encouraged to apply.

“The work of the Emerging Farmers’ Working Group is critically important in helping to identify the barriers to entering the field of agriculture and better ways to support new and emerging farmers in our state,” said Assistant MDA Commissioner Patrice Bailey. “We need members of diverse communities and varying backgrounds and experiences to advise the MDA and shape the future of farming in Minnesota.” 

Anyone is eligible to apply. Priority areas for membership include:

  •  Women

  •  Veterans

  •  Persons with a disability/disabilities

  •  American Indian/Alaska Native

  •  Communities of color

  •  Young

  •  Urban

The deadline to apply for EFWG membership is Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The MDA website has the membership application and more information on the EFWG page: www.mda.state.mn.us/emerging-farmers-working-group

New mobile app gives Minnesotans access to their immunization record faster

Minnesotans can now easily access their immunization record through their smartphones or other mobile devices by using an app called Docket. Docket enables residents with a Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) record to securely view and share their immunization records.

MIIC, Minnesota’s immunization information system, combines all immunizations a person has received into a single record, even if they were given by different health care providers in Minnesota. 

Anyone who wants or needs access to their immunization record and does not have a smartphone or does not want to use the app can still request their immunization record from MDH or their health care provider. For more information, visit Find My Immunization Record.

Docket is free and available for download in Apple and Android app stores.

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