MINNESOTA AGRI-GROWTH COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL MEETING
Oct. 24, 2013
Source: Minnesota Agri-Growth Council news release
The Nov. 5th Annual Meeting and Speakers Conference, hosted by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, will welcome speakers from Hormel, the U of M, Syngenta, SunOpta, the founder of Greenpeace, and political pundits, among others.
WHAT: Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Annual Meeting and Speakers Conference
The 2013 Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Annual Meeting and Speakers Conference is the organization's premier annual event, bringing together key stakeholders in the food and agriculture industry from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
More than 400 industry leaders, government professionals, commodity group and farmer leaders, and public officials gather to learn about current industry trends and topics.
The event is a comprehensive one-day program, which includes a membership meeting, speakers conference, exhibitors, the State of the State of Minnesota Agriculture, a keynote featuring a GMO proponent and past president of Greenpeace, and presentation of the Distinguished Service Award.
WHO: Notable speakers include:
• Global Agriculture Economic Outlook: Terry N. Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank
• Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist
• President Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota
• State of the State of Agriculture: Governor Mark Dayton (invited)
• Luncheon Keynote: Jeff Ettinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hormel Foods, Inc.
• Dr. Patrick Moore, founding member and former President of Greenpeace, author of Confessions of a
• The Future of Biotechnology - Issues and Perspectives:
— Dr. Ruth S. MacDonald, RD, PhD, Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State
—Chuck Lee, Head of Corn for North America, Syngenta
—Mike Yost, Yost Farm Inc.
—Kate Leavitt, Director, International Sales and Marketing, SunOpta Grains and Food Group
—Louis Finkel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association
• Political Insight Panel
—Sara Janacek, founder of Politics in Minnesota and political pundit
—Steve Sviggum, Legislative Fellow, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
—Roger Moe, President of National Strategies Inc. and former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
—Blois Olson, Minnesota Political Pundit, Fluence Media, and Editor, MorningTake and AgTake
—Gil Gutknecht, former U.S. Congressman
Agri-Growth will be announcing its Distinguished Service Award Winner during the luncheon program. This award
recognizes individuals who significantly contribute to strengthening Minnesota's food and agriculture industry.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 8:00am - 5:30pm
Please view the detailed speaker schedule times here: http://www.agrigrowth.org/AM
WHERE: The Minneapolis Convention Center, 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Public Rates: $30 for public officials, $75 for students, $130 for Agri-Growth Members and $150 for Non-members.