The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is responsible for ensuring that the food we eat is safe and wholesome all the way from the farm until it reaches the consumer.
Its mission is to work toward a diverse agricultural industry that is profitable as well as environmentally sound; to protect the public health and safety regarding food and agricultural products; and to assure orderly commerce in agricultural and food products. The MDA administers inspection programs to ensure the wholesomeness of foods, milk and animal feeds. The agency is responsible for pesticide, fertilizer, weed, feed and seed regulations.
The MDA is also the only state agency that promotes the development of Minnesota agriculture and its related industries, which together are responsible for nearly one-quarter of all the jobs in Minnesota.
MDA offers resources for teachers including:
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program provides materials, programs and other opportunities, especially to K-12 youth and educators, to help develop an understanding and awareness of agriculture and its importance to Minnesota, the nation and the world. For more information on this program visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/kids.aspx
Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Ag Literacy Grant Program
This grant program is targeted at K-12 practicing educators with cash awards offered to encourage educators to bring agriculture and food systems education "to life" by effectively integrating related content into their classroom or school. For more information, visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/minigrant.aspx