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Nov. 21: Panel to Discuss ‘Water Quality in Minnesota: What Are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?’

Event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-16-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The second of six panel discussions in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21 and address “Water Quality in Minnesota: What Are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series titled 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.

Tuesday panelists will include Jeremy Geske from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center; Dean Zimmerli, water rights representative from Gislason & Hunter LLP; Bruce Tiffany, farmer near the Redwood River Valley Watershed; Mark Hewitt, farmer near Kilkenny, Minn.; and Lee Tesdell, professor of technical communication, Minnesota State Mankato.

Other upcoming topics in Minnesota State Mankato’s 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series (dates to be determined) will include:

  • “It’s All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming”
  • “Young Professionals in Agriculture”
  • “Modern Agriculture, Many Careers”
  • “Water Quality in our Agriculture-Rich Region: Challenges & Opportunities”

“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.”

Previously held events in the 2017-2018 colloquium series include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – “Stewarding our Natural Resources for Conservation and Agriculture”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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