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Our Ag Conference is an event that brings together professionals, experts, and researchers from the agricultural sector to discuss and exchange information on various topics related to agriculture. This conferences play a crucial role in fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the dissemination of information that contributes to the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry. The format of these events can vary, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions showcasing new products and services in the agricultural sector. This conference covers a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Technology and Innovation
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agribusiness and Economics
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Education and Training


Tuesday, June 25th

11:00 am - Noon: Registration & Lunch 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Overview of the Minnesota Farm Economy, Katie Wilts Johnson, U of M Center for Farm Financial Management
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Network Break 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Development of the Next Farm Bill
   Moderator: Jake Jenniges, Integrity Bank, Branch President
Bob Worth, MN Soybean Growers, President 
Carolyn Olson, MN Farm Bureau, Vice President 
Lucas Sjostrom, MN Milk, Executive Director

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Network Break 
3:00 pm - 4:40 pm: Roundtable Discussions (3 Rounds, 30 Minutes Each)

  1. Banker to Banker Open Forum
  2. Dealing with Mental Stress on the Farm, Ted Matthews, FBM, Rural Mental Health Specialist  
  3. Insights in Grain Marketing, Gregg Hansen, Hansen Agri-Commodities
  4. Overview of the MN Dairy Industry, Lucas Sjostrom, MN Milk, Executive Director 
  5. Helping MN Farms Become More Carbon Friendly, Ariel Kagan, MN Farmers Union, Climate Program Director
  6. Overview of the MN Swine Industry, Lauren Servick, MN Pork, Public Policy Director

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm: Vendor Showcase Reception
6:30 pm: Shuttle Departure
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner & Trivia - Grandview Valley Winery

Wednesday, June 26th

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast 
9:00 am - 10:00 am: The In’s and Out’s of Farmer Lender Mediation, Mike Dove, Gislason & Hunter
10:00 am - 10:20 am: Network Break
10:20 am - 11:15 am: Adjusting to a Changing Climate, Dr. Kenny Blumenfeld, DNR State Climatologist
11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Buffet Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm: Panel Discussion: Transitioning the Farm to the Next Generation
Moderator: Scott Wakefield 
Matthew Bialick, MJB Law, Attorney 
Myron Friesen, Farm Financial Strategies, Co-Founder
Brent Meshke, MinnStar Bank, Vice President/Ag Lender 
Pam Uhlenkamp, South Central College, FBM Instructor  
1:30 pm: Conference Ends

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Ag Conference Program Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Sarah KernCitizens Bank MinnesotaNew UlmMember
Beth ElliottBravera BankKerkovenMember
Ben PetersonKensington BankWillmarMember
Joseph O'SullivanCorTrust Bank National AssociationGlencoeMember
Scott WakefieldCorTrust Bank National AssociationMayerCo-Chair
Alex JohnsonIntegrity Bank PlusWalnut GroveMember

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at [email protected] or 651-789-3987