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___FEATURE   FORUMS___                             


Tuesday, August 1 :

9:00 AM —  “DTN Ag Weather and Grain Marketing Update” 


10:30 AM — “Addressing The Rural Health Care Dilemma in Minnesota”

                     Moderator ———  Don Wick, Farm Broadcaster, Red River Farm Network                                    

                        Panel Members —  Congressman Tim Walz

                                                            Emily Piper, MN Department of Human Services Commissioner

                                                            Gary Dahms, State Senator, Redwood Falls, MN

                                                            Nicholas Gerhart, Chief Administrative Officer, FBL Financial Group                                                                      

                                                            Jeff Nielsen, CEO, United Farmers Cooperative                                                              

12:00 PM —  Linder Farm Network Noon Show                   

1:00 PM — Keynote Address by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (Invited)

1:15 PM — “Strategies for Farming in Challenging Times”

                   Moderator ———  Jerry Groskreutz, KDHL Farm Director      

                      Panel Members —  Dave Frederickson, MN Commissioner of Agriculture

                                                          Paul Anderson, State Representative, Starbuck, MN

                                                          Pauline VanNurden, U of M Center for Farm Financial Management

                                                          Bob Worth, MN Soybean Growers Assn. Sec., Lake Benton, MN                                                            

                                                          Bob Roesler, Farm Business Management Instructor, Sherburn, MN                                                                       

                                                          David Bau, U of M Extension Educator                                                   

2:45 PM —  “Farm Safety: Protecting You, Your Family, Your Employees and Your Bottom Line”

           Sponsored by:  UMASH, MDA, and MSC


Wednesday, August 2 :

8:00 – 10:00 AM — “Minnesota Farm Bureau Breakfast”

9:00 AM — “Grain and Livestock Market Update” 

                         Mark Schultz, North Star Commodities                         

10:30 AM — “National Ag Policy Roundtable”

                         Moderator ———  Mark Dorenkamp, MN Anchor, Brownfield Ag News     

                         Panel Members —  Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau

                                                             Gary Wertish, President, Minnesota Farmers Union

                                                             Bruce Schmoll, Past President, U.S. Meat Export Federation

                                                             Tom Haag, Board Member, National Corn Growers Assn.

                                                             Jim Compart, Board Member, National Pork Producers Council   


Wednesday, August 2 (cont.) :

12:00 PM —         Linder Farm Network Noon Show

                        *** Featuring Max Armstrong and the Minnesota Pork Ambassador Program ***

1:15 PM — “Transitioning to the Next Generation of Farmers”

                   Moderator ———  Courtnay Doyle, Regional Farm Director, Alpha Media                                

                      Panel Members —  Karson Duncanson, Farm Operator, Mapleton, MN

                                                          Dan Helvig, MN Pork Board & Farm Operator, Truman, MN                                                         

Natasha Mortenson, Riverview Farms, Morris, MN

                                                          Tim Nolte, MSCA Past President & Farm Operator, Sebeka, MN                                                          

                                                          Pam Uhlenkamp, Farm Business Management Instr., Mankato, MN

                                                          Brad Schloesser, Director of the Southern MN Center for Agriculture

2:45 PMRetire at Zero” presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services


Thursday, August 3 :

9:30 AM —  “The Next Farm Bill …… Conversations in the Field”

                        Hosted by U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (TX) and

                                  U.S. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN)

                                  *** Featuring several other members of the U.S. House Ag Committee ***                         

12:00 PM —   Linder Farm Network Noon Show

1:00 PM —  Keynote address by Ambassador Barbara Stephenson

                      President, American Foreign Service Assn.

1:10 PM —  Keynote Address by Minnesota Senator Al Franken (Invited)                     

1:15 PM — “Farm Family of the Year” Recognition Program

                   *** Sponsored by FARMFEST and the University of MN ***                                                 



For More Information Contact :      Kent Thiesse,  FARMFEST Forum Coordinator

                                                             Phone —  (507) 381-7960                                                             

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