New MN Ag EXPO panels to cover agriculture policy and advocacy

Lynn Ketelsen

MN Ag EXPO 2016 features two new panel discussions led by a pair of the most recognizable names in Midwest farm broadcasting. On Thursday, Jan. 28 (that’s just a couple days away!), Lynn Ketelsen from the Linder Farm Network and Don Wick from Red River Farm Network will lead panel discussions titled “The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” and “Advocating for Agriculture.”

“The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” is set to feature former Minnesota speaker of the house Kurt Zellers and prominent Minnesota political analyst Blois Olson. With hot-button issues like agriculture water quality, property taxes and

Don Wick

transportation set to be a part of future legislative sessions, the panel will provide expert insight into what farmers can expect to come out of St. Paul and Washington from a policy perspective in the near future.

On the “Advocating for Agriculture” panel, a combination of farmer-leaders and outside experts will cover the importance of farmers telling their own story and provide tips on how to better connect with the non-farming public.

Remember the “I’m Farming and I Grow it” song that generated over 9 million YouTube views? It was co-created by Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Bros in Kansas. Greg will be on the panel to share his thoughts on what farmers can do to help others better understand modern agriculture. Other panel members include Iowa farmer and former president of the National

Greg Peterson

Corn Growers Association Pam Johnson and David Carnes, CEO of ArcStone, a full-service marketing, design and technology agency.

One thing we want to highlight about both panels: These will not be two hours of boring people sitting behind a table speaking to you in a monotone voice. Each panel will truly be an open and honest discussion — led by Ketelsen and Wick and featuring panelists who are interesting, insightful, passionate and entertaining.

MN Ag EXPO 2016 is Jan. 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. It’s free to attend and you can register on-site when you arrive. For more information, go to

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