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In this undated file photo, a customer purchases produce from a stand at the farmers market held during the summer in the parking lot of Westside Liquor on Willmar's southeast side. The United States Department of Agriculture is changing focus to support the development of farmers markets, food processing and cold storage facilities in rural communities. It's a push U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says will help the agricultural industry gain jobs and income. Tribune photo

U.S. Agricultural Secretary wants to build markets and infrastructure for locally grown foods industry

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MARSHALL -- No knock against convenience stores, but the United States Department of Agriculture is changing focus to support the development of farmers markets, food processing and cold storage facilities in rural communities, according to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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