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Women in Ag Network summer tour on July 18 in New London

The University of Minnesota Extension Women in Ag Network’s summer tour is scheduled for July 18 in the New London area. The day will feature lunch at Model Citizen Restaurant, tours of Lettuce Abound Farms and Rustic Designs Flower Farms, a discussion at Goat Ridge Brewing Company, and opportunities for networking.

The tour is from noon to 4:30 p.m. July 18. Bus transportation to the local farms will depart from, and return to, the lunch location; participants should meet and park near Model Citizen Restaurant (17 Central Ave W, New London, MN 56273). There is a $30 charge to attend, which includes lunch. To register and pay, visit z.umn.edu/2019WAGN-SummerTour. Registration deadline by July 12.

“This year’s summer tour is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about unique food and agricultural businesses in this area,” said Megan Roberts, Extension educator in agricultural business management. “In addition to the tours, there will also be great opportunities for networking with fellow women in agriculture.”

To learn more about the Women in Ag Network, visit z.umn.edu/WAGN. The Women in Ag Network is co-led by Extension Educators Megan Roberts and Sarah Schieck.

Northeast dairy cooperative may merge with big cooperative

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — The board of a Northeast dairy farmers’ cooperative is recommending merging with the national cooperative Dairy Farmers of America.

The board of the 100-year-old St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, which has roughly 340 members in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, issued a written statement on Monday.

Lawsuit: Iowa workers fired for work conditions complaints

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three workers have sued an Iowa pork processor they said fired them in retaliation for filing complaints about working conditions and talking with state health officials.

Luis Aceves, Jose Moreno and Jose Magana filed three separate lawsuits last week against Northwest Iowa Pork in Sioux City. Their lawsuits, filed in Woodbury County District Court, seek back pay and future wages, lost and future benefits, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

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