2012 Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference Speaker Archive

7th Annual Conference

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 7th Annual Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference a success! 

If you missed the conference this year, we hope to see you in 2013.  In the meantime, several of the workshops and presentations from the 2012 conference were recorded and can be viewed here: 

Keynote Address: Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA Assistent Secretary for Civil Rights

Keynote Address: Ly Vang, Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota


Farmer Stories: During the lunch break at the conference, participants were encouraged to stand up and share stories about their farming experience.

Workshop: Beginners Guide to Organic Farming
Presenters: May Lee and Katie Kubovcik


Workshop: History of Farming in the Upper Midwest Workshop
Presenters: Martin Diffley and Amy Bacigalupo

Poster V2

(Click here to view above poster in PDF format)

2012 Planning Committee: Joci Tilsen, Nigatu Tadesse, Wayne Martin, Michele Schermann, Cindy Tong, Hli Xyooj, Amy Bacigalupo, Ly Vang, May Lee, Vince Xiong, John Xiong, Patrice Johnson, Katie Kubovcik, Nan Roberts, See Nay, Cutrina Moreland, Becky Balk, Mike Walzak

2012 Sponsors: Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in MN, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Dept of Agriculture, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services, United States Department of Agriculture- NASS, USDA- Farm Service Agency, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service,USDA-Assistant Secretary of  Civil Rights,  USDA - Risk Management Agency,USDA-Aphis, Minnesota Food Association, AgStar Financial Services, Peace Coffee, Sustainable Agriculture Research Education, United FCS, Renewing the Countryside, Hmong American Partnership, Latino Economic Development Center, CHS, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Community Table Cooperative, Minnesota Project, Heifer International, Marbook Foundation, Mississippi Market, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Crop Improvement Association

2012 Inkind donations: Joe Hatch Surisook from Sen Yai Sen Lek is donating a portion of the food for the meals, Abbott Paint, Jordan's Seeds, Peace Coffee, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, White Harvest Seed Company, Seeds of Change, Territorial Seed Company, Sarah Hustad, Johnny's Seeds, Backyard Poultry Magazine, Intrinsik Farm.

Click Here for 2012 Conference Program and Schedule