Farmers vs. exurb dwellers
Contrary to the opinions of Twin Cities residents that they are the center of the universe, Minnesota has a dynamic agricultural community. You don't have to drive much more than 30 minutes in any direction out of downtown Minneapolis or downtown St Paul before you hit farmlands and farming communities. However, as the city spreads out into the country, family farms are coming under extreme pressure. Here are some numbers to ponder. Minnesota ranks:
1st in the nation in turkey production
3rd in the nation in pork production
5th in the nation in dairy production
11th in the nation in beef production
11th in the nation in chicken production
Family farms need to grow and thrive in order to feed our growing populations. However, as the city spreads out into the country, family farms are coming under extreme pressure. These pressures are being brought to bear by city folk who are moving out to the country (next to these family farms) and then complain about the farms attributes. Farmers need to grow in order to meet demand, but when they try to grow, they are met with the NIMBY's who throw roadblocks in their paths.
The farmers have banded together to form Minnesota Farm and Food to tell their story. You don't have to be a "farmer" to appreciate their plight. Remember, these family farms were here long before our sub-divisions were. We need to work it out so that both farmer and non-farmer can live together without stepping on each others toes.