Following up on their discussion of small business development, this week Jim and Tim Penny talk about the shortage of skilled workers in Greater Minnesota, the education community’s efforts to help, and the potential for immigrants in today’s workforce.
This week the Center’s research director Marnie Werner talks about the Center’s newest publication, “A quiet crisis: Minnesota’s child care crisis.” The number of in-home family child care providers has dropped precipitously in the last ten to twenty years, and it causing problems not just for families but for their employers as well.
We know now that a special session isn’t going to happen, but our guest Gov. Mark Dayton joined us this week before the decision was made to give us his views on the issues that have been holding up the resolution of some key bills, in this case the transportation bill and its sticking point, the Southwest Light Rail project.
Former legislator, USDA Rural Development state director and current political science professor Steve Wenzel joins us on RuralMN Radio this week to talk about USDA Rural Development’s important role in America and why it needs to be defended in the farm bill.
One of the highlights of Farm Fest every year is its educational panels, featuring everyone from scientists and government officials to candidates running for office talking about the big topics in agriculture. This week, the man who organizes those panels, Kent Thiesse, joins us to give us a preview of who will be there and what they’ll be talking about. Farm Fest takes place Aug. 2-4 at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls.
Dave Ladd of RDL Associates joins us again this week for more discussion on the new federal GMO labeling legislation that is expected to be signed into law in Washington at the end of the month. The House and the Senate managed to hammer out a bill that didn’t make everyone happy, but it was enough of a compromise to get passed. The work now will be implementing the law over the next two years.