China Town Hall (GreenSeam Co-Hosting)

Date: November 18, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 424 N. Riverfront Dr. Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Business and GreenSeam is partnering with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations to host the event at the MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The event includes two components: 
 
The first hour will involve a live-streamed video of George Stephanopoulos moderating a discussion with foreign policy experts on U.S./China relations.
 
For the second hour, we will have a panel of three local leaders discussing the impact of U.S./China relations and global trends on our local businesses and community. We have invited three local/state leaders in the agriculture, food production and manufacturing sectors discuss the local angle.  
 
The China Town Hall event is aimed at the MSU student body and our local community. GreenSeam feels it is vitally important for the students to understand and recognize how globally-connected agriculture and food is. Last year, David Fredrickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner spoke about the impact of the trade war on Minnesota’s farmers and food producers, efforts to identify new markets, and the relationship between our local agriculture and the global community. It is vital for our students to hear stories from local leaders to talk about our local position in the global market. 
 
Link to the National Committee on U.S. China Relations page - https://www.ncuscr.org/program/china-town-hall

Film Night & Panel: “The Biggest Little Farm”

Date: November 20, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hubbard Building/Strategic Partnerships Center, 424 North Riverfront Drive Mankato, MN 56001

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is having a film night, showing "The Biggest Little Farm" followed by a panel on agricultural innovation. Popcorn included!
Panelists:
Dan Zimmerli - Cedar Crate Farm
Josh Reinitz - East Henderson Farms

Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Date: November 12, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

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

The Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame is Greater Mankato's premier business awards event. This event is a time where Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam honor the outstanding businesses, professionals and organizations within the Greater Mankato community.

2019 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

Seamed in Success:

2018 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

B.E.S.T. OF WASECA COUNTY-WASECA VISION 2030

Seamed in Success:

AKER – ORLANDO SAEZ AND TODD GOLLY

AgriBusiness State of the Agriculture Panel

Date: July 23, 2019

Time: 11:45 am- 1:00 pm

Location: Marshall Lyon County Library, 201 C Street Marshall, MN,, (Please park on C Street or Prospect Drive)

Join us and the Marshall area Chamber of Commerce as they host a panel of agriculture experts to discuss the state of agriculture in 2019.

Cost is $10/ person for Marshall chamber members and $15/ non-chamber members. The event will include lunch. 

 

37th Annual Rural Forum

Date: December 5, 2019

Time: 4 - 9 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center

REGISTER TODAY!

More than three-dozen years ago, the Rural Forum was started by the Minnesota AgriWomen’s Association and the University of Minnesota Extension. Since its inception, it has changed hands but one thing that has not changed is the overarching goal to gather the community in important conversations about our rural economy and about agriculture. A crucial element is to have those discussions with key elected officials, along with industry speakers that can really help pull the picture together. This year, GreenSeam will host the 37th annual Rural Legislative Forum on December 5th.

REGISTER TODAY!

2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rick Berman

 

BIO: 

In 1987, Rick Berman founded Berman and Company, a full-service research and communications firm. Prior to that Rick was employed as an attorney for Bethlehem Steel, The Dana Corporation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Executive Vice President for Pillsbury.

Berman and Company consistently excels in getting its clients’ and donor messages placed before the public through aggressive media outreach. Berman and Company spokespeople regularly appear on television and radio programs and place over 350 Opinion Editorials in major newspapers every year. Rick and his firm have been extensively profiled for their work in a variety of media outlets including CNBC, CNN, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, Rachel Maddow, TIME, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Berman and Company takes a creative approach to advocacy and is frequently honored for its unique style. Issue advocacy through paid media, internet, TV, radio, and street theater have earned Berman over 180 national awards for creative messaging. Millions of people access Berman-created websites annually. These sites raise awareness and “Change the Debate” on public policy issues.

Berman has also lectured graduate and undergraduate classes at various universities.

A native of New York City, Berman is a graduate of Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. 

 

SPEAKER: Lafe Aarsvold, 2019-2020 Minnesota FFA State President

BIO: 

Lafe Aarsvold, the 2019-2020 Minnesota FFA State President, is a member of the Plainview Elgin Millville FFAChapter.  He is a freshman at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities double majoring in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications and Marketing and plans to become an Agricultural Education Instructor. While in high school, Lafe's Supervised Agricultural Experience was raising ewes and lambs and working at a local grocery store.

 

 

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LISTEN: Lisa from KTOE with Sam Ziegler of GreenSeam

 

CLICK HERE for details on last year's forum

Career Pathways & Partnerships: MAPS Informational Advisory Meeting

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 7:45-10:30

Location: Mankato West High School - Cafeteria

Save the Date: MN Farm Fest

Start date: August 6, 2019 - End date: August 8, 2019

Location: 28269 Highway 67 Morgan, MN 56266

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Mark your calendars to come visit us at booth #612 at the 2019 Minnesota Farm Fest Show!

An exciting list of speakers and presenters is lined up to address topics such as ag policy, rural MN, ag industry, markets, livestock issues and much more at the Forums in the Wick Building, which will be right across the street from our tent.

Call for more details about Farm Fest: 651-768-2200

MAPS AFNR Programming

Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Location: South Central College E-123 1920 Lee Blvd, N. Mankato

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Part of the Mankato area? We NEED YOU! Attend and learn more about the Mankato Area Public Schools Ag Food, Natural Resources Pathway and how you can get involved in the CASE curriculum. 

Agbusiness in Social Media

Date: August 9, 2019

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 424 N Riverfront Dr #210 Mankato, MN

We live in the Greenseam – one of the most fertile areas of the world. The business of food generates millions of dollars and fuels our regional economy and social media has changed the marketing landscape. Learn how local agribusiness leaders are using social media and digital marketing to grow. Hear success stories that will work in other industries and find ways that you can be part of the online conversations in this vital area.

Panelists will include Wanda Patsche, AGvocate and author of MN Farm Living and Kristeena Patsche, Digital Media Manager for the MN Soybean Growers Association.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/AugustSMBM

Share your Ag Career Story with Students

Start date: April 24, 2019 - End date: May 7, 2019

Location: Farmamerica

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Farmamerica & Junior Achievement are partnering to help local 7th and 8th-grade students explore careers and the exciting opportunities in agriculture.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We need volunteers like you to lead the activities and share your personal ag career story on any and all of the following dates at Farmamerica: April 24, 25, 26, 30 and May 2, 3, 6, 7.

Volunteer