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Feb. 6: 'We Have Ag!' Panel Discussion on Technology & Food

Discussion to feature international, local panelists.

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

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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 Tuesday, Feb. 6 and address “From the Farm to our Plates: Technology & Food.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 3-4:30 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.

One of Tuesday’s panelists is Mark Post, 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.

Also a panelist Tuesday is 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.

Additional panelists are being finalized.

“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”
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21 – “Water Quality in Minnesota: What Are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?”

For more information about the colloquium series, please contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

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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