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Oct. 27: Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative Conference

Organization celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-20-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary Thursday, Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a conference on “Fair Trade for a Sustainable Future” at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature an 11 a.m. keynote address by former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Prior to his first term as secretary of state, Ritchie spent 20 years as the founding president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, a non-profit organization working with businesses, churches, farm organizations and civic groups to foster long-term sustainability for Minnesota’s rural communities.

The conference will feature morning (10-10:50 a.m.) and afternoon (1-1:50 p.m.) workshops on fair trade items such as bananas, coffee and apparel and a panel discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Carrie Bluth, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna and current graduate student in geography and urban and regional studies, will lead morning and afternoon workshops in CSU Room 253 on “Inside Banana Production in Ecuador.”

Sponsors of the conference include Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative along with Minnesota State Mankato’s Global Education and Department of Government.

For more information, visit the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative’s website, or contact Paul Renshaw by phone at 507-387-5329 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Government is part of the University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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