Tuesday is Rural Broadband Day at Farmfest

I am planning to attend Farmfest on Tuesday and to take notes. It’s a fun event if you have the time and opportunity to attend. Here’s the schedule…

Tuesday, August 4 – RURAL BROADBAND DAY

  • 8:00 a.m. Show Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
    The task force is committed to crafting policies that expand broadband access throughout the state to ensure that all communities, businesses and citizens have access to vital resources.
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Introductions, Approval of Minutes
  • 9:15 a.m. State and Federal Broadband Initiatives
    MODERATOR: Margaret Anderson Kelliher
    Colleen Landkamer, State Director, Rural Development, USDA
    Brett VanDerBosch, Field Representative, Office of Sen. Al Franken
    State Senator Matt Schmit
    State Rep. Ron Kresha
  • 10:15 a.m. Presentation: Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge
    Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D. Assistant Extension Professor, Science of Agriculture Specialist University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Youth Development
  • 10:35 a.m. Public Comments and Overview of Remainder of Day
  • 11:00 a.m. Keynote by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
  • 12:00 p.m. Linder Farm Network Ag Information Hour Focused on Broadband
  • 1:15 p.m. Rural Broadband: The Future of Agriculture
    MODERATOR: Lynn Ketelsen, Linder Farm Network
    Mike Macrie, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Land O’ Lakes
    Jerry Johnson, Founder & CEO, Superior Edge
    Jason O’Flanagan, North American Field Marketing & Sales Support Manager for Advanced Technologies Solutions Group, FUSE Technologies
    Bob Young, Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation
    Paul Lanoue, Farm Business Management Instructor
  • 2:30 p.m. Rural Broadband as a Rural Development Tool
    MODERATOR: Lynn Ketelson, Linder Farm Network
    Lisa Hughes, MN Southwest Regional Economic Developer, MN DEED
    Bryan Lydick, CEO, Redwood Area Hospital
    Dave Gelhar, RVI/SpecSys
    Kent Kelly, General Manager, Fortune Transportation
  • 5:00 p.m. Show Closes

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