ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The essentials of organic farming will he highlighted at the annual Minnesota Organic Conference on Friday and Saturday at the St. Cloud Civic Center.

This event offers educational sessions about organic topics including soil health, weed management, grain and vegetable production, dairy farming, marketing, and regulatory issues.

The conference features three keynote presenters, 35 educational sessions and a trade show.

Public radio host and food author Lynne Rossetto Kasper gives a talk at 7:30 p.m. Friday that will be free and open to the public. She’ll discuss about how the public’s growing interest in food — and how it’s grown or raised — has evolved and comment on what she thinks it means for farmers.

Organizers expect 400-500 people to attend.

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