Rural Forum 2021 – Save the Date!

Date: December 2, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Location: Mayo Civic Center - Mankato, MN

Rural Forum is GreenSeam’s premier annual reception and dinner event connecting public leaders and a wide-range of attendees from the agricultural sector, such as producers, manufacturers, professional services, educators, researches, and more. This event is a great opportunity for conversations about key issues facing the rural economy, as well as brainstorming potential solutions.

See what we did in 2019: Rural Forum 2019

More details to come.

Celebration of Ag – Save the Date!

Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

Location: ISG Field - Mankato, MN

Join us as we celebrate the success of GreenSeam and the food/ag industry at ISG Field in Mankato, MN! 

Here are a couple highlights from the program last year:

  1. KEYC News Story
  2. Farm Progress Story

Event details to come! 

  1. Presentation from industry leaders
  2. Networking 
  3. Join us for a MoonDogs game at 6:35 PM 

Partnering with Agribusiness Day

Date: November 5, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Snell Motors Showroom - 1900 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN

GreenSeam and the Agribusiness Program at South Central College would like to invite you to participate in the “Partnering with Agribusiness” day on Thursday, November 5th, 2020.

By attending, you will have the opportunity to network, recruit, and interview SCC Agribusiness and MSU College of Business students.

Fee: None 
When: Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Where: Snell Motors Showroom - 1900 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN
What to Bring: Promotional booth and materials


8:30 am - Set up of booths and business displays (optional) – Conference Center Foyer

9:00 am - Brad/Sam will do welcome

9:05 am - Introductions - Companies/students

9:45 am - Booth/Display Time for Networking with Students – Conference Center Foyer

11:30 am - Conclude 

12:00 -  Discussion with small group of students and businesses RSVP only                                                        

(Panera Catered lunch. RSVP to

12:30 - Discussion ends

Please RSVP with the Participation Commitment to Shelly Kitzberger by Friday, October 30th, 2020.
We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you at Snell Motors!

Special Thanks:

South Central College Agribusiness Faculty & Staff

Snell Motors

Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Date: November 10, 2020

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center (1 Civic Center Plz, Mankato, MN 56001)

Each year Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which includes Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership, and GreenSeam, recognizes outstanding businesses, organizations and professionals at the Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame. 

GreenSeam Awards & Nomination Forms:

The GreenSeam Awards have been established to honor businesses or organizations that have contributed to the betterment of life in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa by creating jobs or development opportunities for employees.

These recipients have demonstrated qualities of entrepreneurship and a commitment to their community through service, volunteerism or partnerships.

  • Seamed in Success
    The Seamed in Success award recognizes an exemplary business, organization, community or individual who has made a large impact and added value to the region by highlighting the importance of agriculture.
    Nomination Form

  • Growing in the GreenSeam
    The Growing in the GreenSeam award recognizes an outstanding business that has shown innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to our vibrant region.
    Nomination Form

E1 Ignite Cup Pitch Competition

Date: May 7, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm


About our Pitch Competition…

If you love the Shark Tank, you’ll love watching local and regional businesses make the case that they have potential!

The E1 Ignite Cup is a startup competition to connect and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem. The winner of our pitch competition will be a guaranteed semi-finalist at the MN Cup. Watch startups who are at various stages of their business pitch for a chance to grow their company.

A panel of judges assembled from experienced entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders will have a chance to question and advise the entrepreneurs after each pitch, as well as forge connections with local and regional resources.

Thank you to our Judges 
Steve Mercil — Investor, Rain Source Capital
Pam Bishop — E1 Partner, SMIF
Mark Thein — Regional Partner, SBDC
Jessica Berg — Regional Partner, MN Cup
Sam Ziegler — E1 Partner, Greenseam
Traci Downs — E1 Partner, Collider
Jerry Olson — Community Member, Olson HR

Are you a business that wants to pitch?

Do you have a business idea you want to pitch to prospective investors and earn the potential to be an automatic semi-finalist in the MN Cup? 

E1 Ignite Cup Prizes
1st Place Winner
· Automatic Semi-Finalist in MN Cup
· $500 Cash Prize sponsored by Great North Labs
· 30-minute mentoring session from each judge
· Designated spot in Startup School Cohort by ILT Studios
2nd Place Winner
· 30-minute mentoring session from each judge
People's Choice Award 
· To be announced

Deadline to apply: April 22nd at 11:59pm CST
Notification of acceptance: April 24th 
Pitch will be pre-recorded and submitted prior to the event. 
Instructions for video recording and submission will be sent along with notification of acceptance.
The deadline for the video submission is April 30th 11:59 pm CST

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

Date: March 10, 2020

Time: 4:30-8 pm

Location: Minnesota State University, Mankato - Centennial Student Union Ballroom (220 Centennial Student Union, Mankato, MN 56001)

This event brings together the business community along with Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam to share the accomplishments of the current year and celebrate the vision for the future. This is also a time where we raise a glass to the companies, organizations and volunteers who partner with us to help our community thrive. 

We recognize individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions, demonstrated leadership through service and volunteerism and made a contribution to the betterment of quality of life, business environment and economic vitality.

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 -

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:


Seamed in Success:


37th Annual Rural Forum

Date: December 5, 2019

Time: 4 - 9 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center


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.


2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rick Berman


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.

Using a creative approach to advocate, Berman and Company 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.

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


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.



Legislative Panel:

Senator David Senjem, Chair, Senate Capital Investment Committee
Representative Fue Lee, Vice Chair, House Capital Investment Division
Representative Dean Urdahl, Republican Lead, House Capital Investment Division

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LISTEN: Lisa from KTOE with Sam Ziegler of GreenSeam

CLICK HERE for details on last year's forum

Save the Date: MN Farm Fest

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

Location: 28269 Highway 67 Morgan, MN 56266


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