The 38th annual Rural Forum, held on Thursday, December 2 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, gathered a wide range of attendees, from ag leaders and legislators to college students, for conversations about key issues facing the rural economy. This year’s topic, Weathering the Xtremes: From Farm to Main Street, couldn’t have been more timely.

Thank you to our keynote speakers, Dr. Heidi A Roop of University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Bruce Rastetter of Summit Agricultural Group, Minnesota FFA Association Officers, Nicole Koziolek and Baleigh Peterson, and the panel of legislators, Senator Frentz, Representative Lippert, and Representative Olson, as well as the panel moderator, Tamara Nelsen. And, last but not least, thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event possible: Minnesota Pork Board, Gislason & Hunter LLP, Christensen Farms, Profinium, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, AgriGrowth, Steve Olson Consulting,  The Land, Alpha Media USA, Radio Mankato, SPX Sports, Compeer Financial, Crystal Valley Cooperative, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Downs Family Farms, MinnStar Bank, Novel Energy Solutions, and Pioneer Bank.