New Uses Forum 2019: Accelerating Ag Innovation and Investment

Start date: March 27, 2019 - End date: March 28, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Mariott West 9960 Wayzata Blvd St Louis Park, MN 55426

New Uses Forum 2019: Accelerating Ag Innovation and Investment

The 2019 New Uses Forum is dedicated to the idea of accelerating innovation and investment. It brings together some of the most knowledgeable voices on topics related to new uses innovation, including development, investment and support.

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

Date: March 12, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, MN 56001

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

This two-part evening event is open to the public with a free reception and a paid dinner with keynote speaker, Jonathan G. Zierdt. Mr. Zierdt will share "The Journey...a 15 Year Retrospective" at the dinner.

Reception for Jonathan Zierdt

Date: March 1, 2019

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Verizon Center 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, MN 56001

Reception for Jonathan Zierdt

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG), which includes the four business units — Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam — will host a reception celebrating President & CEO Jonathan Zierdt, considering his announcement of resignation from the organization as of March 15, to begin his next adventure. The public is encouraged to join us in honoring Jonathan for his accomplishments as well as his community and regional impact . 

GMG Open House

Date: February 12, 2019

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 am

Location: 3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001

GMG Open House

Join us for our open house, from 7:30 - 9:00 am. Take a tour of our new office, meet our staff and enjoy a light breakfast.

Sign up for prizes to be given away during the open house!

  • GMG will be giving away tickets to our local Mankato Symphony Orchestra.
  • Radio personality, Sarah Fette will be here from MIX 99.1 to give away Kelly Clarksontickets for the February 16th show at the Xcel Energy Center!

This event is free and open to the public. 

2nd Annual Growing Acres Conference – Products of the Farm & Home

Start date: February 15, 2019 - End date: February 16, 2019

Time: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Riverland Community College, Austin Campus, West Building 1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

2nd Annual Growing Acres Conference – Products of the Farm & Home

Join us for a meaningful two days of networking and education with our regional community of organizations, growers, producers and those thinking of beginning a local foods or niche market business. Enjoy the spaces created for conversations on how to plan, implement and
grow a healthy local food culture.

Products of the Farm & Home Sessions of Interest
Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training-Keep It Safe! Keep It Legal, Suzanne Driessen
Keynote: Kathy Zeman, MFMA, 2019 Update: Food Licensing, Exemptions & Exclusions
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Presentation & 1:1 Visits with Lolly & Jason
What it takes to transition to Organic Certification, Matt Leavitt from Albert Lea Seed
Niche Markets on the Farm (Organics/Cover Crops for Grazing) w/Jon Jovaag, Local Farmer
Marketing Whole Animals: Decoding Cut Sheets, Emma Schroeder
Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations Workshop, Kathy Zeman, MFMA

Please visit us online for full program details.

Ignite Minnesota Ag Tech Challenge – Final Pitch Event

Date: January 15, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Red Wing Ignite 419 Bush Street Red Wing, MN 55066

Ignite Minnesota Ag Tech Challenge – Final Pitch Event


Start date: January 23, 2019 - End date: January 24, 2019

Location: Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, Minnesota


Foundation for the Future

2019 Ag Summit

Date: March 19, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center, Austin, MN

2019 Ag Summit

Welcome to the Riverland Community College 2019 Ag Summit. This summit is a celebration and coming together of the energy, people, and ideas that are propelling the Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology forward. Forward in ways that are building a base for even more good things to come.

Similar to the way our college and programs are innovating we will learn about innovation and how it moves into places to help people with their needs. Riverland is improving our community and our world by innovating and providing “Best in Class” programming and instruction.

Look for more information soon.

Ag Symposium – February 21, 2019

Date: February 21, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm

Location: South Central College

Ag Symposium – February 21, 2019

South Central College, the most respected name in Agricultural education in southern Minnesota, is embarking on a program to address the needs of the modern ag producer. Taking their cues from other top-flight national conferences, SCC will be hosting its tenth annual Agricultural Symposium on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Date: September 18, 2018

Time: 4:45 - 7:00 pm

Location: Minnesota State University, Mankato Hubbard Building 424 North Riverfront Drive, Suite 210

CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

The Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business along with GreenSeam, is pleased to bring to campus a national webcast, CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. Last year, over 80 venues and 100 speakers participated in the program, along with four partner organizations in Greater China.

The twelveth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on October 9, 2018and will feature The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisoras the national webcast speaker.


4:45 p.m. Doors open

5:00 p.m. Live webcast with The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

5:45 p.m. Short Break*

5:55 p.m. Local presentation by

*Refreshments and light hor d'oeuvers will be served