Farmfest – candidate debates happening this week

One of my favorite events for finding out how candidates (and rural voters!) feel about broadband is Farmfest! It’s happening this week August 7-9 in Redwood Falls.

If you’re around, you should go and if you care about broadband, you should ask. You can find the whole schedule online. I have heard some very impassioned speeches and questions from attendees in the past.

Here are the events where I think they are most likely to talk about broadband…

10:30 a.m. – U.S. Senate Candidate Forum 


  • S. Senator Tina Smith (D)
  • State Senator Karin Housley (R)
  • Richard Painter (DFL)
  • Bob Anderson (R)
  • Nick Leonard (D)

Ag Leader Panel:

  • Kevin Paap, President, MN Farm Bureau
  • Gary Wertish, President, MN Farmers Union
  • Kirby Hettver, President, MN Corn Growers Assn.
  • Mike Petefish, President, MN Soybean Growers Assn.
  • Greg Boerboom, President, MN Pork Producers Assn.
  • Mike Landuyt, Pres.-Elect, MN State Cattleman’s Assn.

1:15 p.m. – Congressional Candidate Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues

First District:

  • Jim Hagedorn (R)
  • Carla Nelson (R)
  • Dan Feehan (D)

Second District:

  • Angie Craig (D)

​Sixth District:

  • S. Congressman Tom Emmer (R) – Incumbent
  • Ian Todd (D)

Seventh District:

  • Congressman Collin Peterson (D) – Incumbent
  • Dave Hughes (R)

10:30 a.m. – Minnesota Governor Candidate Forum


  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R)
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R)
  • S. Congressman Tim Walz (DFL)
  • Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (DFL)
  • Minnesota State Representative Erin Murphy (DFL)


  • Dave Lee, WCCO Morning Host
  • Blois Olson, WCCO Political Analyst
    (WCCO-AM is the Exclusive Radio Station of the Gubernatorial Forum at Farmfest 2018.)

10:30 a.m. – U.S. Senate Candidate Forum


  • S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) – Incumbent
  • Minnesota State Representative Jim Newberger (R)
  • Rae Hart Anderson (R)

Ag Media Panel:

  • Janelle Ateyo, Tri-State Neighbor
  • Dick Hagen, The LAND
  • Randi Kallas, Agri News
  • Peter Scharpe, MN Farm Guide

I am planning to attend for the Gubernatorial Debate. If I can livestream, I will. I will take notes regardless. (And I might have to hang for the Pig Races, immediately following.)

This entry was posted in Conferences, Elections, MN, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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