March 22: Food and Agriculture Summit hosted by Minnesota State Mankato's Strategic Partnership Center

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sky One Eleven (111 S. 2nd St., 7th Floor, Mankato)

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Strategic Partnership Center is hosting a food and agriculture summit Wednesday, March 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Sky One Eleven (111 S. 2nd St., 7th Floor, Mankato).

The summit, primarily for small business owners and community food and agriculture stakeholders, is presented by the Strategic Partnership Center’s Mainstreet Businesses Focused on Food and Agriculture (MBFFA) initiative. The event will include conversations about the challenges and successes of the Main Street food and agriculture entrepreneurs in Region 9, and information on resources available to those who want to start, sustain and grow their ventures.

Free registration is available, but seating is limited.

Summit events include a keynote address by Eric Sannerud, who farms outside of Milaca, Minnesota, and a panel discussion that will include panelists Dan Zimmerli of Cedar Crate Farm (Waldorf, Minnesota), Emily Knudsen of Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm (Waseca, Minnesota) and Scott Haase of Blue Dirt Farm (Blue Earth, Minnesota).

The event is funded (in part) through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Media with questions about the event should contact Gwenn Wolters, director of the MBFFA, by email at or by phone at 507-389-1624.

Through a collaborative approach to small business recovery and resiliency, MBFFA is reducing barriers to access for entrepreneurs seeking customized consulting and training services. More information is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Strategic Partnership Center is located at 424 N. Riverfront Drive in Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.


Gwenn Wolters