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Dave Hesse of Comfrey is part of MDA farm advocate program

Thursday, December 27, 2018

In the 1980s, Dave Hesse of Comfrey came through his own financial challenges.

At that time this rural Minnesota farmer began to speak out on behalf of himself and others in the ag industry through what was known as the Groundswell movement.

As that movement was continuing, another concept was beginning to take shape.

How could farmers who were facing financial challenges find someone to help them?

Out of that came what is known today as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s farm advocate program. Hesse said he was asked to take on the role of an advocate with the idea of serving in that capacity for a couple of years.

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