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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

Hot Topics in Food, Agriculture & the Environment

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium

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.

Trade & Exports: Impacts of Policies on Food & Agriculture
Dave Preisler
Chief Executive Officer, MN Pork Board
Minnesota Pork Producers Association - International Marketing Committee

Rural Mental Health & the Federal Farm Bill
Dr. Paul F. Mackie
Professor of Social Work, Minnesota State University Mankato
Immediate Past President, National Association for Rural Mental Health
Appointee to US Senator Tina Smith's newly-formed Ag Working Group to ensure Minnesotans voices are heard in the upcoming debate on the Federal Farm Bill - on topics including farm policy and its impact on producers, businesses, and communities; crop insurance, research, conservation, energy, rural development, rural health, and nutrition.

Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
Dr. Jennifer Londgren, LMFT, NCC
Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sustainable, Responsible Farming
Loren Molenaar
Molenaar Farms
6th Generation Farmer
President - Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau
Member - Minnesota Farm Bureau
Degrees - Farm Operation Management & Agribusiness - Ridgewater College - Willmar

Bold Career Choices: Dairy Farmer, "Country Woman of the Year" Finalist, "Cow Boss Series", and More!
Karen Kasper
Kasper Dairy
350 Cow Dairy Farm
Children's Book Author - "A Suitcase of Seven" first in her "Cow Boss Series"

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 2017-2018 Colloquium Schedule - We Have Ag!

Past Events
  • Young Professionals Shaping the Future of Agriculture
    On Demand
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Gabriell A. Edel
    Communications Coordinator, Partners for Affordable Housing
    Ahnna Compart
    Ahnna is a Senior Credit Officer, Compeer Financial
    Degree - Agriculture Industries & Marketing - University of Minnesota
    Glen Groth
    AGrowth Family Farms
    Final Four Finalist - Minnesota Farm Bureau Discussion Meet
    County Farm Bureau President
    Vice President of Local l FFA Alumni Chapter
    Member - Minnesota Milk Producers Association & Minnesota Corn Grower Association
    Caitlin Keck
    Marketing & Communications Director - Environmental Tillage Systems
    Jodi Jensen
    Coordinating & Representing the MN Farm Bureau

  • Water Quality in our Agriculture-Rich Region: Challenges & Opportunities
    On Demand
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Pat Baskfield - Topic - Regional Water Quality Overview
    Hydrologist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    Don & Becky Waskosky - Topic - Impacts of Increased Flow
    Le Sueur River Watershed Network leaders
    Jessica Nelson - Topic - Citizen Led Solutions, Le Sueur River Watershed: Seven Steps for Cleaner Water and Watershed Health
    Water Resources Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Don & Becky Waskosky - Topic - Impacts of Increased Flow
    Le Sueur River Watershed Network leaders
    Kimberly Musser - Topic - Citizen Led Solutions, Watonwan River Watershed: Watonwan River Watershed Leverage Points for Increased Conservation Adoption
    Associate Director, Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Dusty Anderson Topic - Citizen Led Solutions, Watonwan River Watershed: Watonwan River Watershed Leverage Points for Increased Conservation Adoption
    Watonwan River Watershed Technician

  • New Farms for New Americans: Growing Food, Community & Wealth
    On Demand
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium
    Gracia Johnson
    Paralegal/Outreach Worker - Agricultural Worker Project (AWP) for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - St. Paul
    Community Development & Human Rights Promoter in primarily indigenous communities - Mexico
    Abdi Sabrie
    TRIO Academic Advisor - South Central College
    Member - Minnesota TRIO Association
    Appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton - Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
    Member - The Global Community for Academic Advising(NACADA)
    Member - Educational Opportunity Association (EOA)
    Co-founder/member - Minnesota African Heritage School Board Directors (MAHSBD)
    Board Member - Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)
    B.A. International Relations & Political Science
    Mankato School Board's first elected person of color
    2012 National Jefferson Award "A Nobel Prize for Public Service."
    Managed a Regugee Center in Somalia before moving to the United States

  • Celebrating our History, Envisioning our Future as a Global AgriBusiness Epicenter
    On Demand
    Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium
    Jim Boerboom
    A former State Legislator
    Deputy Commissioneer Minnesota Department of Agriculture - July 2007 to October 2016
    B.S. in Ag Education and M.A. in Ag Education from the University of Minnesota
    Jessica (Dornink) Rollins
    Executive Director of Farmamerica
    FLM, DuPont Pioneer, South Dakota Pork Producers Council - Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications
    B.A. Psychology, Minor - Multi-Mediam Certificate - Graphic Design
    Raised on a Family Farm - Crop and Livestock - Southeast Minnesota
    Sam Ziegler
    Director of GreenSeam, LLC at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
    Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council- 10 years
    Minnesota Soybean Growers Association - 10 years
    4th Generation Owner/Operator of Ziegler Farm
    Megan L Roberts
    University of Minnesota Assistant Extension Professor - Extension Educator - Agricultural Business Management
    Agribusiness Instructor - South Central College
    B.S. - University of Minnesota
    Masters Degree - University of Minnesota
    Doctoral Candidate in Agricultural Education - Texas A&M University
    Family Farmer near Madelia, MN - corn, soybeans and farrow-to-finish hogs

  • It's All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming
    On Demand
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    KEYC interview with Carolyn Olso, February 15 Colloquium Moderator and Board of Director for the Minnesota Farm Bureau

    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 Moderator
    Carolyn Olson
    Public Relations Director, Minnesota Farm Bureau

    Panel Coordinator
    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

  • From the Farm to our Plates: Technology & Food
    On Demand
    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.

  • AgriTech: New Technologies in Agriculture
    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Ostrander Auditorium

    Canceled due to winter storm

  • Water Quality in Minnesota: What are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?
    On Demand
    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

  • Stewarding our Natural Resources for Conservation & Agriculture
    On Demand
    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

Watch previous Events on Demand