EVENT ALERT Sep 12: Feeding Innovation in Greater Minnesota

Looks like a great event. I plan to attend and will take notes/videos as I can…

Feeding Innovation in Greater Minnesota


Broadband-powered technology plays a critical role in spurring the competitiveness Minnesota’s Ag sector and Ag-dependent communities. Please join us at United Farmers Cooperative in Winthrop to learn about how broadband and Ag-technology will affect the future of Minnesota’s agricultural sector, and what our farmers and farming communities are doing to take advantage of these opportunities. Now more important than ever!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Berdan Center
705 4th Street East
Winthrop, MN   55396

Register now!



8:00 am           Registration and Refreshments

9:00                 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30                 Keynote Presentation
Thom Petersen, MN Commissioner of Agriculture

10:00               Information as the Foundation for Agriculture
Cody Light, Director of IT/Marketing, AGCO

10:30               Break

10:45               Panel Discussion: Technology Trends on the Farm

  • Ryan Machenthun – Row Crops (Hutchinson)
  • Tim Jones – Christensen Farms (Sleepy Eye)
  • Dairy
  • Specialty Crops

11:15               Panel Discussion: New Opportunities for Connected Communities

  • Lory Young, Gaylord City Administrator – Gaylord medical school and other developments
  • Valerie Hsu, Stormy Creek Farm (New Ulm)
  • Dawn Hegland, Upper MN Valley RDC – Region 6W (Appleton)

 12:00 pm        Lunch
Presentation: “Green Seam – What is that all about?”
Sam Ziegler, Green Seam (Mankato)

12:45-1:30 and 1:30-2:15

Concurrent Sessions (Choose two of three to attend)

Session A
Broadband in Rural Areas – Case Studies

·       Jake Rieke – Ag producer perspective

·       Kevin Beyer, Farmers Cooperative – Broadband provider perspective

·       Vince Robinson – Pipestone County Case Study

·       Toby – Le Sueur County Case Study

·       Facilitated by: Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors

Session B
Ag Tech Workforce / Next Generation Skills

·       Rachel Sannerud – Local Grower/Young Farmers/Direct Ag Marketing (Milaca)

·       Dave Cone, CEO, Kahler Automation

·       Willy Mekeel, Geography, Physics, Agriculture Instructor, Riverland Community College

Session C
AGCO Precision Ag Education Trailer
Maximum capacity: 30


2:15                 Takeaways From the Day
Sam Ziegler, Green Seam

2:30                 Depart for UFC Brownton Fertilizer Facility

3:00-4:00        Tour of Fertilizer Facility and Chemical Warehouse emphasis on technology
Dave Eckhoff, UFC Agronomist

Refreshments and door prize drawing          

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