Minnesota’s Farmers Offer “Free Groceries for a Year!”

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Minneapolis, MN. (Aug. 9, 2010) – Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch has never met Minnesota’s farmers. In fact, they are offering the chance for all Minnesota residents to win a free breakfast, lunch and dinner by way of free groceries– for an entire year.

Beginning today, Minnesota residents can register for two grand prizes of “Free Groceries for a Year!”* courtesy of Minnesota’s farmers, at www.FarmersFeedUS.org. Upon visiting the site, consumers register by “meeting a Minnesota farmer” through a short video that shows how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food. Consumers can register with each of the nine featured farmers daily through Nov. 6, the end of the 90-day program.

The Farmers Feed US website features beef, chicken, corn, dairy, egg, hog, soybean, and turkey farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and their family. In addition to guiding visitors through their registration for free groceries, each farmer also offers a brief online tour of their farm.

Featured farmers include:

· Brian Asmus, egg farmer, Winthrop

· Judy Bode, hog farmer, Courtland

· Shannon Kuball, dairy farmer, Waterville

· Kent Meschke, turkey farmer, Little Falls

· Brian Schafer, cattle farmer, Goodhue

· Greg Schwarz, corn farmer, Le Sueur

· Charity Vold, dairy farmer, Glenwood

· Matt Widboom, soybean farmer, Worthington

· Bill Wuertz, chicken farmer, Paynesville

“As Minnesota farmers, we’re thrilled to offer free groceries for a year to the consumers of our great state,” said Shannon Kuball, a dairy farmer from Waterville, Minnesota, who is a featured farmer on FarmersFeedUS.org. “This is an opportunity for us to share what we produce with Minnesota consumers and to let them know we share their values – taking care of our families, taking care of our animals and land and giving back to our communities.”

Over the course of the 90-day campaign, consumers throughout the state will also see and hear from these farmers as they are featured in television advertising and on Facebook and Twitter.

Participating Minnesota agriculture groups include the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Pork Board, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Beef Council, and Gold n’ Plump.

*Based on Food Marketing Institute figures, a $5,000 value.

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Mark Crouser
(816) 556-3134

The Center for Food Integrity is a not-for-profit corporation established to build consumer trust and confidence in the contemporary U.S. food system. Our members, who represent every segment of the food system, are committed to providing accurate information and addressing important issues among all food system stakeholders. The Center does not lobby or advocate for individual food companies or brands. For more information, visit www.foodintegrity.org.

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