2019 MN Ag & Food Summit:  Advancing MN Ag Together

Wednesday, November 6 – Thursday, November 7, 2019

Minneapolis Convention Center 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.             Pre-conference Reception at Brit’s Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

($20 Members $30 Non-Members if purchased in advance, or $25/$35 at the door)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

All Thursday events at Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

7:30 a.m.                                    Registration open / Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.           AgriGrowth Business meeting (members only)

9:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.        Economic Outlook – Accumulating Vulnerabilities

Jonathan Kozy, Bank of America Corporation

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.       Morning Session:

Innovating for Relevancy and Sustainability          

                                                  Moderator:  Dean Simpson, Dean’s Country Markets founder and former MN Legislator

                                                  Emily Coborn, VP of Operations, COBORN’s

                                                  Craig Thorvig, President, Chris’ Food Center

11:15 a.m.                               Break & Exhibit Fair

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.        Luncheon Program

Lunch and Distinguished Service Award

                                                Luncheon Panel:

                                                Sustaining Minnesota’s AgriFood Future – MBOLD Initiative

Moderator:  Brian Buhr, University of Minnesota

Panelists: JoAnne Berkenkamp, Managing Director, MBOLD; Lee Anderson, Director, Issues Management and State Gov’t Relations, General Mills; Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President, Land O’Lakes; Shannon Schlecht, Executive Director, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.           Break and Exhibit Fair

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          State of the State of Agriculture:  Governor Tim Walz

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.           Political Update

Jim Wiesemeyer, ProFarmer

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.           Afternoon Keynote:

Working Together for Ag’s Future

                                        Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation, USDA

4:30 p.m.                                Post-conference Reception & Exhibit Fair

6:00 p.m.                               Conference concludes