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April 23: 'We Have Ag!' Event to Address 'Hot Topics in Food, Agriculture & Environment'

Panel discussion is 10th and final scheduled discussion in 2017-2018 colloquium series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-18-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – The 10th and final panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Monday, April 23 and address “Hot Topics in Food, Agriculture and the Environment.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 23 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.

Scheduled topics and panelists for Monday’s event include:

  • Trade & Exports: Impacts of Policies on Food & Agriculture
    • Dave Preisler, CEO, Minnesota Pork Board; & Minnesota Pork Producers Association – International Marketing Committee
  • Rural Mental Health & the Federal Farm Bill
    • Paul F. Mackie, professor of social work, Minnesota State Mankato; immediate past president, National Association for Rural Mental Health; appointee to U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s newly formed ag working group
  • Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
    • Jennifer Londgren, assistant professor & coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Studies, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Sustainable, Responsible Farming
    • Loren Molenaar, Molenaar Farms
  • “Bold Career Choices: Dairy Farmer, ‘Country Woman of the Year’ Finalist, ‘Cow Boss Series,’ and More!”,
    • Karen Kasper, Kasper Dairy

For more information about the colloquium series, including on-demand video of previous events, 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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