Every year, MN Ag EXPO strives to be the biggest and best winter agriculture trade show and conference in the state. This year is no exception.
MN Ag EXPO 2016, planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers, is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event is free to attend and features a trade show with nearly 100 exhibitors, educational sessions focused on issues that directly impact Minnesota farmers, networking opportunities, fundraisers, leading agriculture researchers, lively panel discussions and evening entertainment.
“If you haven’t been to EXPO before, this is the year to check it out,” said Noah Hultgren, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and a farmer in Raymond, Minn. “We’ve maintained all of the things that make EXPO great and added a few new items to the agenda to make it an even better event.”
One of those new items includes panel discussions led by Lynn Kettelsen of the Linder Farm Network and Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network. One panel will focus on the future of agriculture policy in Minnesota and features former speaker of the house Kurt Zellers and political analyst Blois Olson.
The other panel will cover how farmers can become better advocates for agriculture. It will feature Greg Peterson, whose “I’m farming and I grow it” and other YouTube videos have generated more than 37 million views. Other panelists include former National Corn Growers president Pam Johnson and David Carnes, founder and CEO of ArcStone, a digital agency that helps businesses and nonprofits tell their stories.
Breakout sessions will focus on Minnesota’s new buffer strip law, crop weather post-El Nino and succession planning. Keynote speaker topics include leadership and overcoming challenges in agriculture.
The Soybean Growers will host their traditional “Beano and Vino” fundraiser the evening of Jan. 27 while the Corn Growers annual live auction is set for late afternoon on Jan. 28. Each event raises money to help both organizations work on behalf of Minnesota corn and soybean farmers and build a positive image for Minnesota agriculture.
Registration is available on-site. More information, including a full schedule of events, speaker bios, trade show exhibitors and more can be found at www.mnagexpo.com.