Small Business Minnesota to represent main street business as a pillar of the rural economy at 35th COACT Farm Picnic at Pierz Park Aug. 16

Every August Minnesota COACT and Morrison County Farmers Union celebrate the coming together of main street businesses and family farms as pillars of Minnesota’s rural economy at the annual Farm Picnic.  Featured speaker will be Audrey Britton, chair of Small Business Minnesota, and its director of public and government relations.  She will focus on the economic importance of Minnesota’s small businesses which comprise the state’s largest employer, and will update the issues they face, including rising health insurance deductibles, broad band internet access, tax equity between small businesses and large corporations, and infrastructure.

“For our 35th anniversary, COACT is gratified that Ms. Britton follows the tradition of Paul Wellstone and the Diocese’s Bishop George Speltz who, at the very first Farm Picnic, spoke of family farms as stewards of the land and their symbiotic relationship with main street on which the rural economy depends,” said COACT President Sister Ruth Lentner of the Franciscan Sisters, Little Falls.

Serving of the traditional country dinner of ham, sweet corn, and potato salad. The Minnesota Farmers Union-NFO Direct Marketing Program is providing the ham, and the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls are offering the potato salad, fresh-baked bread, and garden vegetables. Morrison County Dairy Princesses will serve milk and ice cream.

Free tickets, compliments of local businesses, are available at businesses displaying the familiar Farm Picnic posters and will be available at the picnic at Pierz Park 603 Park Ave, Pierz, MN 56364. Tickets can also be purchased at the picnic for $5 adults, $4.50 seniors, and $2 children (12 and under).