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Feeding Innovation in Greater Minnesota

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Winthrop, MN 55396

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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!

Download the preliminary/draft agenda at: https://blandinfoundation.org/content/uploads/Preliminary-AG-Agenda-091219.pdf

PRELIMINARY AGENDA as of 8/12/2019:

8:00 am Registration and Refreshments

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

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

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 – Bill Coleman, Facilitator
• 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 – RS Fiber Board member/ Ag producer perspective
• Kevin Beyer, Farmers Telephone Cooperative – Broadband provider perspective
• Barbara Droher-Kline, Citizen/Broadband Coalition – 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
• Facilitated by Sam Ziegler, Green Seam
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

Prior to the event, we encourage you to read these two items!

1) USDA report: A Case for Rural Broadband – insights on rural broadband infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies – released April 2019: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/case-for-rural-broadband.pdf

2) A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure: http://www2.itif.org/2017-rural-broadband-infrastructure.pdf?_ga=2.99386845.2140837588.1557242616-936325026.1556833483


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