Feast! Local Foods Marketplace

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota

Sip, sample and stock up on locally-made foods, from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Discover new flavors made with local ingredients to stock your pantry or gift your favorite foodie.
Spring for a VIP wristband to sample locally-crafted beer, wine and hard cider.

Besides the market, you'll also enjoy...
Cooking demos
FEAST! People's Choice voting
Children’s activities
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market vendors within the festival
Wine and hard cider sales allowed for wristband ticket holders (6 bottle limit) 

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Ag Symposium – South Central College

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Kato Ballroom

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 eleventh annual Agricultural Symposium on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Kato Ballroom.

Titled “New Tools for New Rules”, the conference will address highly relevant topics facing the modern producer.

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!
Dan Zimmerli - Cedar Crate Farm
Josh Reinitz - East Henderson Farms

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. 


MAPS AFNR Programming

Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

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


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. 

Share your Ag Career Story with Students

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

Location: Farmamerica


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.


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


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


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



Start date: January 23, 2019 - End date: January 24, 2019

Location: Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, Minnesota


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