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Peterson to host another local food conference; this time in Marshall

After two successful local foods conferences in 2007 and 2008, Congressman Collin Peterson announced that he will sponsor another conference on the topic.

The Home Grown Economy 2010 -- Equipping You to Build Community Based Food Systems, will be held at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, on Feb. 15-16.

"My goal in sponsoring this conference again is to continue to explore ways in which local foods can become an economic development engine for farmers, rural communities and development organizations, and how we can all work together to meet growing market demands," Peterson said.

Panel presenters will provide information about what is happening at the local level and each regional site will be afforded an opportunity to discuss how they can expand upon their local community based food system.

Watch for further details at Peterson's website at