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Feb. 26: 'We Have Ag!' Panel Discussion

Topic is “Celebrating our History, Envisioning our Future as a Global Agribusiness Epicenter.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-22-2018

Mankato, Minn. – The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Monday, Feb. 26 and address “Celebrating our History, Envisioning our Future as a Global Agribusiness Epicenter.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

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

The Feb. 26 panelists are scheduled to include Jim Boerboom, a former state legislator who served from July 2007 to October 2016 as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Jessica Rollins, executive director of Farmamerica, Minnesota’s agricultural interpretive center, located outside of Waseca, Minn.; Sam Ziegler, director of GreenSeam, LLC at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.; and Megan Roberts, who is a University of Minnesota assistant extension professor and extension educator in agricultural business management and also farms with her family near Madelia, Minn.

The Feb. 26 moderator is Matt Cecil, dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities.

For more information about the colloquium series, including on-demand video of previous events and a list of upcoming topics, please visit the series website or contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

“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.”

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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