Crookston farmers represent Minnesota agriculture during Gov. Walz’s trade mission to U.K. and Finland


Accompanying Walz on his journey had been two farmers from Crookston, Minnesota: Tim Dufault, a board member of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council, and Eric Samuelson, president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

“It was definitely an honor,” mentioned Dufault. “It was way different than a regular farm meeting. I felt like I was a part of something here, moving Minnesota ahead.”

Crookston, Minn., farmer Tim DuFault, proven June 22, 2021, making ready his bins for an early harvest, thinks this 12 months’s wheat crop could also be comparable to the crops of drought-plagued 1988-89. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Walz led the trade mission to the U.Okay. and Finland Nov. 13-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the targets of the mission had been to enhance state exports, promote the state as a vacation spot for overseas funding, develop enterprise alternatives and strengthen current ties within the international locations.

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According to a media launch from the governor’s workplace, the trade mission’s targets had been met.

“We are returning home from a productive trade mission where we shared our message with our partners in Europe: Minnesota is an outstanding place to do business and increase trade,” Walz mentioned within the launch.