MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be visiting the southwestern Minnesota community of Marshall.

Vilsack will appear at the annual Home Grown Economy Conference sponsored by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.

Vilsack and Peterson will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss the impact of locally produced food on local economies. Vilsack will also give the keynote address at the conference at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Home Grown Economy Conference is taking place at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, and via interactive video at four colleges in Bemidji, Crookston, Fergus Falls and Morris.

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