About this Event:
Riverland’s annual Ag Summit, an informative day of learning and networking for the Ag community. The event is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Four Seasons Center in Owatonna, Minnesota. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. with the opening session at 8:30 a.m. A delicious brunch featuring local foods will be served.
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Patrice Bailey, Assistant Commissioner for Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will speak on the Future of Agriculture.
Bailey oversees Outreach, Agricultural Marketing and Development, Dairy and Meat Inspection, and Food and Feed Safety for the MDA. Bailey, a native of Harlem, New York, holds a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He has served the Twin Cities in several positions focused on bridging underrepresented communities of color to various available resources and advocating for them legislatively at the Capitol. Most recently, he served as the Outreach Director for the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.
Breakout sessions include:
- Economics of Improving Soil Health with Andy Linder, Minnesota’s 2019 Minnesota Outstanding Conservationist;
- Best Practices in Farm Transition Planning with U of M expert Megan Roberts; grain marketing; Conservation Agriculture with The Nature Conservancy;
- Farm Business Management’s 2019 Annual Report for Southern Minnesota (data on finances, crops, and livestock).