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Local family honored as part of Ag Week

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Farmers and ranchers alike are gaining attention across the nation for National Agriculture Week. It's the 38th year the event has been held, celebrating their many positive contributions to agriculture.

Freeborn County's Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon Tuesday, honoring the county's farm family of the year. Dan and Jenny Erickson of Alden were chosen to represent Freeborn's farming community. They have a 3rd generation farm. The Ericksons grow 1,500 acres of soybeans and corn, along with custom raising dairy heifers. The family was selected because of their strong commitment to the agricultural industry, as well as their community.

A familiar face to the farming community spoke at the luncheon, the state's commissioner of Agriculture, Dave Frederickson. He said he is worried farmers input prices will rise.

"I fully expect escalation in rental rates and values of property will continue to drive those costs up significantly. That is going to be a tough nut to crack as we move further on down the line," stated Frederickson.

Nationally, Frederickson for sees us providing food aid to Japan. He is hopeful some of that will come from Minnesota producers.  As for the grain markets, at this point he told us only time will tell how Japan's natural disaster will affect them.

In the future, Frederickson also expects trade relations to remain strong with China, and potentially even blossom in Vietnam.

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