Wick Buildings FARMFEST Center, Gilfillan, MN


Tuesday, August 3:

9:00 AM — “Investing off the Farm” (Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services)

Jeff Mahoney and Matt Wojaick, Wealth Management Advisors

10:30 AM — “U.S. Ag Policy at the Crossroads … Where do we go from here ?

Moderator ——— Blois Olson, WCCO Radio and Fluence Media

Panel Members — Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach

Congressman Jim Hagedorn

Congressman Tom Emmer

Bill Northey, Former USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture

Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau

Rob Larew, President, National Farmers Union

Bill Gordon, Chair of the Board, American Soybean Assn.

Dave Preisler, CEO, MN Pork Producers Assn.

12:00 PM — Linder Farm Network Noon Show

1:15 PM — “Agriculture’s Role in Carbon Sequestration”

Moderator ——— Jerry Groskruetz, KDHL Farm Director

Panel Members —- Thom Petersen, Commissioner, MN Dept. of Agriculture

Jason Weller, Vice President of Truterra with Land O’Lakes

Kris Johnson, Interim Ag Director, The Nature Conservancy

Tim Palmer, Iowa Farmer and Immediate Past-President of NACD

Brian Ryberg, American Soybean Assn. Conservation Legacy Award Winner

John Reed, Beef Producer, Brooten, MN

Steve Commerford, Commerford Agronomics Inc., New Ulm, MN

3:00 PM — “What You Should Know About Alternative Grain Contracts” (Sponsored by CHS)

Kent Beadle, CHS Hedging


Wednesday, August 4:

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

8:30 AM — “Ag Outlook Forum …… Markets, Weather, Crops and More”

Moderators ——– Lynn Ketelsen, Linder Farm Network and Kent Thiesse

Panel Members — Jim Emter, Grain Marketing Analyst, Van Ahn & Company

Mark Schultz, Grain Marketing Analyst, Northstar Commodities

Dave Nicolai, U of M Crops & Soils Educator

David Bau, U of M Farm Management Educator

Dan Lemke, Linder Farm Network Weather Specialist

10:30 AM — “Designing the Ideal Farm Bill in a Changing World”

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

Panel Members —- Collin Peterson, Former Chair of the U.S. House Ag Committee

Don Schiefelbein, Incoming President, National Cattleman’s Beef Assn.

Tom Haag, Vice President, National Corn Growers Assn.

Kevin Paap, President, MN Farm Bureau

Gary Wertish, President, MN Farmers Union

Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director, MN Milk Producers Assn.

Mike Yost, Farm Owner, Murdock, MN


Wednesday, August 4 (cont.):

12:00 PM — Linder Farm Network Noon Show

1:10 PM — Keynote Address by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (Invited)

1:15 PM — “Rural Resiliency … Redesigning the U.S. Energy System”

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

Panel Members — Congresswoman Angie Craig

Grace Arnold, MN Commissioner of Commerce

Sen. Gary Dahms, State Senator from Redwood Falls, MN

Tim Waibel, President, MN Corn Growers Assn.

Bob Worth, Board Member, MN Soybean Growers Assn.

Cliff Kaehler, CEO, Novel Energy Solutions

3:00 PM “What’s Going on in the Farm Estate Planning and Business

Planning World ?” (Sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services)

Bobbi Sondreal, Consultant, Succession and Retirement Planning


Thursday, August 5:

10:00 AM — “Women in Ag Forum”

Featuring the naming of the 2021 “Farmfest Women Farmer of the Year”

Sponsored by the AgCountry, CHS, Earth Scout, Ziegler Ag Equipment, U of M Water

Quality Certification Program and IDEAg

Moderator ——— Sarah Kuschel, 2020 Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year

Panel Members — Julie Tesch, President & CEO of the Center for Rural Policy

Sara Hewitt, Owner of Maple Wood Farms, Faribault, MN

Carolyn Olson, Owner of Olson Organics, Cottonwood, MN

Corey Ramsden Scott, Senior Transformation Manager, Land O’Lakes

12:00 PM — Linder Farm Network Noon Show

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

Welcome Address by Joan Gabel, University of Minnesota President

Recognizing over 80 Minnesota County “Farm Families of the Year”

*** Sponsored by the University of Minnesota and IDEAg Group, LLC ***


For More Information Contact: Kent Thiesse, FARMFEST Educational Forum Coordinator

Phone — (507) 381-7960

E-mail —


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