Local Food Advisory Committee

The intent of this advisory committee is to provide a non-adversarial setting where issues relating to local meat and food can be raised and discussed, information can be shared and problem-solving between Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health, and the local food community can take place.

Introducing the Local Food Advisory Committee:

 

LFAC 2013 presentation title slide

Presentation (PDF, 1.8 Mb)

Mission and Scope (PDF, 102 kb)

Communications & Outreach Capacity (PDF, 183 kb)

 

Proceedings of the Local Food Advisory Committee

Regular Meeting, March 8, 2016

Meeting Notes (PDF)

List of Topics:

  • Wabasha Farmers’ Market
  • Update on Local Food Fact Sheets for Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs
  • Bush Grant Update
  • School Use of School Garden Produce
  • Re-Organization with Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety
  • MDA Dairy & Meat Inspections Updates
  • Raw Milk Lawsuit
  • Funding for LFAC
  • Cottage Food Law Implementation

Regular Meeting, September 10, 2015

Meeting Notes (PDF, 181 kb)

List of topics:

  • Minnesota Food Charter
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Update
  • Bush Grant Update
  • Cottage Food Law
  • Local Food Sales Fact Sheets
  • Bison processing, processing exemptions across borders
  • Cider and fruit juice production and marketing

 

Regular Meeting, May 22, 2015

Meeting Notes (PDF, 187 kb)

List of topics:

  • Approved water source for food manufacturing and food service
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Legislative update
  • Cottage Food Law
  • Fact Sheets for Farmers’ Market Vendors
  • Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant
  • Drying of Food, Especially Mushrooms
  • Agritourism

 

Regular Meeting, February 12, 2015

Meeting Notes (PDF, 145 kb)

List of topics:

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Update
  • Crow River Ketchup Launched
  • Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant
  • Cottage Food Legislation
  • Misbranding & Recalls
  • Sales of Milled Grain

 

Regular Meeting, December 12, 2014

Meeting Notes (PDF, 154 kb)

List of topics:

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Update
  • On-Farm Food Events: Licensing Questions
  • Water Sources
  • Farmers’ Market Questions
  • Cottage Food Law
  • Food Code Revision
  • Farm-to-School
  • Other Legislative Efforts

 

Regular Meeting, September 5, 2014

 

Meeting Notes (PDF, 181 kb)

List of topics:

  • On-Farm Food Service
  • Food Vendor Scenarios
  • Ketchup Production Example
  • Potential for Changes to Licensing Process
  • Meat Inspections Budgetary Needs

 

Meat Inspections Meeting & Information; September 3, 2014

 

Map of Equal-To Inspected Plants in MN, 2014 (PDF, 213 kb)

Meat & Poultry Inspection: Performance Measures, Budget Projections and Needs (PDF, 525 kb)

Meat & Poultry Inspection Needs Meeting Notes, Sept. 3, 2014(PDF, 14 kb)

Livestock Producer Survey Results, Sept. 15, 2014 (PDF, 153 kb)

 

Regular Meeting, May 13, 2014

 

Meeting Notes (PDF, 182 kb)

List of topics:

  • Recap of Farmers' Market Sampling Legislation
  • Local Food Processing & Regulations
  • Risk-Based Analysis of Food Safety
  • National-Level Food Safety Discussions
  • Cottage Industry Regulations
  • Local Foods Festival, "FEAST" Show in Rochester, MN in November 2014
  • Licensiong Requirements for Farmer Collaborations, such as Multi-Farm CSAs
  • Benefits of Licensing
  • Product Labeling
  • Poultry Processing

Food Safety Risk Analysis
PDF, 240 kb; Dr. Fernando Sampedro, Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota

A Guide to Regulations for Local Food Entrepreneurs
PDF, 2.4 Mb; Megan O'Hara, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems, University of Minnesota

 

 

Archive of Meeting Notes & Documents

 

Meeting Notes, 01/07/14 (PDF, 151 kb)

Meeting Notes, 12/12/13 (PDF, 136 kb)

Meeting Notes, 9/06/13 (PDF, 201 kb)

Steering Committee Meeting Notes, 7/15/13     (docx, 17 kb)

Action Items, 5/24/13    (docx, 16 kb)

Meeting Notes, 5/24/13   (docx, 27 kb)

Meeting Agenda for 5/24/13    (docx, 18 kb)

Listening Session Notes, 2/16/13    (docx, 17 kb)

Meeting Notes, 1/30/13    (docx, 32 kb)

 

Local Food Advisory Committee Members:

Homegrown Minneapolis

MN Association of Meat Processors

MN Department of Agriculture

MN Department of Health

Minnesota Grown

MN Farmers Market Association

MN Farmers Union

MN Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Olmsted County Public Health

Renewing the Countryside

Sustainable Farming Association

U of MN Extension

U of MN Meat Science

 

Steering Sub-Committee:

 

Wayne Martin, U of MN Extension. marti067@umn.edu

Jane Jewett, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. jewet006@umn.edu

Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside. jan@rtcinfo.org

Mike Lilja, Sustainable Farming Association, mlilja@usinternet.com 

Kathy Zeman, MN Farmers Market Association. kzeman@mfma.org

Ryan Cox, Meat Science Program, U of MN. ryancox@umn.edu

Jennifer Stephes, MDA-Dairy & Food Inspection Division. jennifer.stephes@state.mn.us

Nicole Neeser, MDA-Dairy & Food Inspection Division. nicole.neeser@state.mn.us

What is "Local Food?"

Tiers of the Food System image

Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant: 

Bush grant homepage image


Submit a question, comment, or complaint to the Committee

 

If you have a concern or you've spotted an issue in some way that local food production, distribution, and marketing interact with state regulations, please send us a note on this Comment Form

...Or, contact a staff person directly:

Wayne Martin, U of MN Extension. marti067@umn.edu; 612-625-6224

Jane Jewett, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. jewet006@umn.edu; 218-845-2832

Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside. jan@rtcinfo.org

 

Publications

 

Local Food Advisory Committee Primer (PDF, 175 kb)

Release date: 02/14/13

Includes links to information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on local regulations, processing, and sales for farmers' markets, meats, and produce; also covers donation of food and links to supporting documents from the Minnesota Department of Health. This is basic information that committee members should read to support discussions at advisory committee meetings.