Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Thank you to everyone who helped make the second annual Celebration of Ag a success! Over 280 registrants gathered at the ISG Field to network with key ag leaders and hear an update from the panel of speakers, as well as GreenSeam leadership.


4:00 pm – Gate Opens / Registration
4:45 pm – Program / Speakers
5:30 pm – Happy Hour / Networking
6:35 pm – Mankato MoonDogs vs. Duluth Huskies Game


Steve Grove, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Thom Petersen, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Edward Inch, President, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Gary Koch, GreenSeam Chairman
Sam Ziegler, GreenSeam Director

Commissioner Steve Grove

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Commissioner Grove is focused on empowering the growth of the Minnesota economy, for everyone. Under his leadership, DEED works on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap, and providing businesses and startups the support they need to grow and thrive in Minnesota’s economy.

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Commissioner Thom Petersen

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Thom Petersen was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture by Governor Tim Walz in 2019. Commissioner Petersen has a wide range of experience in state and federal farm policy and travels to almost every county in Minnesota each year to fully understand how these policies affect farmers’ daily lives.

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Dr. Edward Inch

President of Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Edward Inch serves as the 13th president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Inch is a strategic leader working in a collaborative, transparent, and authentic manner while building on a shared vision that will ensure the success of all students and secure the university’s future. Dr. Inch also serves on Greater Mankato Growth Board of Directors.

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