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.

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.

Breakfast on the Farm 2018

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 7:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Guentzel Family Farms 32172 490th St Kasota, MN

Breakfast on the Farm 2018

Breakfast on the Farm is a free, family fun event held in the Mankato area each year. This year, we will be back at the Guentzel Family Farm in Kasota! Come check out farm animals, tractors and other farm equipment, learn all about modern farming, talk with farmers, and so much more! Join us for a free pancake breakfast with a freewill offering. Hosted by the Le Sueur and Blue Earth County Farm Bureaus along with our generous event sponsors!

Careers in Agriculture

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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

Learn how to connect your classes to the Agriculture and Food industries. Meet with industry professionals who want to engage with your classes.

AURI Presents the 2nd Annual New Uses Forum

Start date: April 11, 2018 - End date: April 12, 2018

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

AURI Presents the 2nd Annual New Uses Forum

New Uses Forum 2018: Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation 

Join us on April 11 and 12, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN for a pre-event reception (4/11) and an informative day of learning about value-added agriculture in Minnesota while networking with others with new ideas and successful entrepreneurial ventures (4/12).

The theme, “Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation” will focus on how rapidly the value-added agricultural sector changes with the commercialization of new innovations. The forum brings together knowledgeable guest speakers from throughout the new uses and value-added agricultural sectors. Keynote speakers will share trends and industry overviews of these sectors, while panels will give more detailed overviews as well as insight into their respective organizations’ experiences.

The forum will, once again, be a premier value-added agricultural event for the upper Midwest, so be sure to register today! The registration cost will be $75, which covers both receptions, a lunch, a continental breakfast and networking breaks. 

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the event or promoting your company with a vendor table, please email Nan Larson at

LIVE OUT LOUD: Featuring Angie Bastian

Date: April 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Location: Minnesota State University, Mankato

LIVE OUT LOUD: Featuring Angie Bastian

Co-founder of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Angie Bastian, knows what it means to LIVE OUT LOUD. She and her husband, Dan Bastian, started their business popping sweet and salty popcorn from their garage in 2001 as a means to start a college fund for their children. Angie is known for her entrepreneurial energy and passion towards empowering others, especially women and children, to follow their dreams. Angie will share her journey of starting this BOOMING company and how she found success and meaning in doing so.

Authentic Entrepreneur

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Centennial Student Union 253/4/5

During this session, Angie will tell her story of creating a brand and company that are congruent with her values, beliefs and passions.