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Feb. 15: 'We Have Ag!' Panel to Discuss Organic and Conventional Farming

Event is free and open to public.

2018-02-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-12-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 and address “It’s All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources. The series events will be live-streamed.

The format for each session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, two-five speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event.

Feb. 15 panelists include Kevin Dahlman, a commercial corn and soybean seed farmer who is president and general manager of Dahlco Seeds, Inc.; Wanda Patsche, a conventional crop and pig farmer and owner of CW Pork, Inc.; Jared Luhman, an organic crop and grass-fed beef farmer who is assistant manager of Dry Creek Red Angus Farm; and Chris Sukalski, dairy manager of Reiland Farms, LLP.

The Feb. 15 moderator is Carolyn Olson, a U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic farmer and a conventional farmer. Olson is the chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation Organic and Direct Marketing Issue Advisory Committee and past chair of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Organic Advisory Task Force. The panel coordinator is Kristin Harner, public relations director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.

For more information about the colloquium series, including on-demand video of previous events and a list of upcoming topics, please visit the series website or contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

“These are great forums in which to learn about the success stories of Minnesota State Mankato students, alumni, faculty and staff in their academics, research and industry connections,” said Marilyn Wells, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “These events will also help us explore our future potential as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA), a designation we achieved in 2015. We invite the campus and local communities to attend and join us in determining our destiny.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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