Rural Forum

Date: December 5, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center

Be sure to save the date for the next Rural Forum!

Save the Date: MN Farm Fest

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

Location: 28269 Highway 67 Morgan, MN 56266

Save the Date: MN Farm Fest

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

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

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. 

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

The Truth About Food – Rural Legislative Forum

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Verizon Center

The Truth About Food – Rural Legislative Forum


This year’s theme will be “The Truth about Food” – with a focus on food safety, technology related to production, and nutrition issues. This is a highly relevant topic with consumers facing decisions every day as to where they can get the best quality and healthy food options. Some of the variables that are part of that decision-making process are food production and manufacturing, sustainability, labeling, water, animal welfare and genetics. Forum attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions revolving around this very hot topic.

This premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide-range of attendees from the agriculture sector – from producers, to manufacturing, to professional services, to education and research – in candid conversations about key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions. Learn More >>

See pages 34-35 for more details in the FORGE issue from Steele County, MN.