Growing up in Minnesota’s Hmong community, Representative Samantha Vang was surrounded by people who knew how to farm. But very few of those people had access to the land and resources needed to use their skills to make a living. 

“When Hmong refugees started coming here, the only skill we had was farming,” said Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center). 

Now, Vang has authored a bill aiming to diversify Minnesota’s aging and overwhelming white farming population by improving access for people of color. 

The bill, House File 2298, would provide the Department of Agriculture with $300,000 to establish an emerging farming office to help people of color and immigrants access the industry. 

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