GILFILLIAN ESTATE (LEARFIELD) – Governor Tim Walz told an audience on Tuesday’s opening day of Farmfest near Redwood Falls that his goal is to make state government more responsive to farmers’ needs.

“How we can be more deliberate and more effective in making sure the things government should do they do well, and making sure they things that government shouldn’t do they stay out of,” said Walz.

Walz indicated areas of concern include health care, schools and property taxes.  The governor says he’s asking whether there are better ways to align state agencies to deliver services Minnesotans need.

Day 2 of Farmfest will feature a visit from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and House Ag Committee Chairperson Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota). They will be hosting a forum on agriculture issues at Farmfest today at 10:30 a.m.