Taking the measure of political climate at Ag EXPO

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For 20 years, Blois Olson has been an avid watcher and observer of politics, business and culture in the Twin Cities and the entire region. He got into writing about farm issues because of all the clicks.

Blois Olson

That is, all the mouse clicks. He launched e-newsletters Business Take and Morning Take, which cover the latest in local business and politics, respectively, as web-based clearing houses of all the information that was pouring in from his carefully cultivated sources in every sector. Olson soon after launched Ag Take to provide news and insights on the state’s farming sector.

“I found that whenever we covered anything ag-related, we were getting a lot of clicks. There was a lot of interest, and there was kind of a void when it came to reporting about this issues,” said Olson.

Olson will be appearing at MN Ag EXPO at the Verizon Center in Mankato on Thursday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., immediately following the Minnesota Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting. Olson will give his read of the political and business climate and how it will impact the fashioning of the next farm Bill.

Olson will also repeat something farmers have heard before: “Farmers have to create their own narrative and get that out to the public.”

We can count on the public affairs guru to offer thoughts about how to help farmers really connect to consumers with that message.

Readers can sign up for Ag Take here. For the full schedule of MN Ag EXPO 2018 speakers, click here.

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