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University Colloquium Series - We Have Ag!

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Showcasing our Academic, Research, and Industry Partnerships in Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Upcoming Events

It's All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium


The event, free and open to the public!

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.


Kevin Dahlman
President & General Manager - Dahlco Seeds, Inc. (family farm) - grows commercial corn and soybean seed - marketed worldwide
Degree in Agricultural Education - University of Minnesota
Minnesota Crop Improvement Bureau - Member
Minnesota State FFA Alumni Board - Member Wright County Farm Bureau - President
Third generation family farmer
Farming for 39 years

Jared Lulman
Assistant Manager of Dry Creek Red Angusan Farm (family farm) an organic crop and grass-fed beef farmer
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Organic Certification - Staff Member
B.S. Agricultural Education, Double Minor in Applied Economics and Agriculture and Food Business Management - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Chris Sukalski
Dairy Manager of Farms Reiland Farms, LLP (Partnership)
B.S. Animal Science, Minor Technical Communications - University of Minnesota
Local, State and Regional Dairy Promotion Boards - Representative for Dairy Farmers
Minnesota Farm Bureau - Member
Holstein and Jersey Cattle Associations - Member
Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance - Founding Member

Wanda Patsche
Conventional crop and pig farmer - Owner of CW Pork, Inc.
Martin County Pork Producers Association - Member
AgStar's Leadership Advisory Council - Member
Minnesota Pork Board - Member
County Corn and Soybean Board - Member
B.S. Secondary Education & Social Studies, Minor Political Science - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Blogger for Minnesota Farm Living

Panel Coordinator

Kristin Harner
Public Relations Director, Minnesota Farm Bureau

Panel Moderator

Carolyn Olson
USDA Certified Organic Farmer and a Conventional Farmer
American Farm Bureau Organic and Direct Marketing Issue Advisory Committee - Chair
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors - Member
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Organic Advisory Task Force - Member
Lyon County Farm Bureau - Member

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 2017-2018 Colloquium Schedule - We Have Ag!

Upcoming Events
  • It's All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
  • Celebrating our History, Envisioning our Future as a Global AgriBusiness Epicenter
    Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
  • New Farms for New Americans: Growing Food, Community & Wealth
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
  • Water Quality in our Agriculture-Rich Region: Challenges & Opportunities
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
  • Young Professionals Shaping the Future of Agriculture
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
  • Hot Topics in Food, Agriculture & the Environment
    Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
Past Events
  • Stewarding our Natural Resources for Conservation & Agriculture
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    Dr. Martin Mitchell - Professor of Geography, Distinguished Faculty Scholar - Agricultural and Energy Policies: Their Impact on Land Use in Rural Minnesota
    Dr. Fei Yuan, Professor of Geography - Distinguished Faculty Scholar Collaborative Research on Precision Agriculture with China Agricultural University
    Dr. Martin Mitchell & Dr. Fei Yuan -  Climate Change and its Impacts on Minnesota’s Growing Season
  • Water Quality in Minnesota: What are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    Jeremy Geske - Gislason & Hunter LLP
    Dean Zimmerli - Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center
    Bruce Tiffany - Farmer near the Redwood River Valley Watershed
    Glen Groth - Farmer near the Mississippi River Watershed
    Dr. Lee Tesdell - Professor of Technical Communication, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • AgriTech: New Technologies in Agriculture
    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    Canceled due to winter storm
  • From the Farm to our Plates: Technology & Food
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    Mark Post - August 2013 New York Times article
    a medical doctor who is a professor of vascular physiology and chair of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. An August 2013 New York Times article described how Post made a hamburger from cow muscle grown in a laboratory.
    Joye Bond - Background
    Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Joye Bond, an associate professor in the University's Department of Family Consumer Science. Bond teaches and advises in the food and nutrition and dietetics areas. Her specialty is food science.

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