Jerry Johnson, founder and CEO of Aglytix, an agriculture and food technology company, presented Vincent Winstead, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, with five fixed-wing drones for student training and projects. A number of years ago, Johnson provided Winstead three drones, which they are still using today and they are redesigning them with updated camera and battery technology with an open sourced system.
“They have made such great use of the drones by providing hands-on teaching of students about drone technologies including GPS, sensors, autopilots and batteries,” Johnson said.
GreenSeam and Minnesota State University, Mankato have been partnering to build the capacity of the University surrounding agriculture and food. This is a great example of how the ag industry is responding to the new program offerings the University is constructing.
“Drones will be a key technology for agriculture. Basically a drone is a flying sensor that can capture very detailed data, all across a field, whenever you want to capture it,” said Johnson.
“We hope that our partnership with Aglytix remains strong in the future and that we can deliver expertise and drone resources to other projects as well in agriculture and other aerial imaging applications,” Winstead said.
Sam Ziegler, Director of GreenSeam, applauds Aglytix for donating these drones and Professor Winstead for stepping up to the challenge of providing hands-on experiences for students with ag technology.
WASHINGTON (KEYC) — Announced Tuesday out of Washington: a deal to advance the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement.
It’s a revamped version of NAFTA.
A signing ceremony was held in Mexico City on Tuesday with all three nations in attendance to show support for the deal not yet approved by Congress.
“While you might not see it as a direct impact to your pocket or you don’t exactly export something, it really does directly impact us here, whether we believe it or not,” said GreenSeam director, Sam Ziegler.
The agreement between the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, brings new life to the trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States that, before, seemed to be standing in limbo.
“The differences that were out there really didn’t relate to agriculture, they were more along labor issues and some environmental issues,” said Kent Thiesse, farm analyst at MinnStar Bank.
Canada and Mexico are the two largest export markets for the United States for food and agricultural products and the agreement opens up new doors for dairy, poultry, eggs and wheat producers exporting to Canada.
“Canada and the United States had different class systems so it kind of brings those together which will make it easier to transport certain dairy products, especially to Canada, it’ll have a big impact,” said Thiesse.
“There were some differences in how they graded wheat between Canada, which has caused issues over time,” said Thiesse.
Addressing the different grading systems among the two countries helps U.S. producers be more competitive and maintain fair prices.
“This will be the stability in the market to get people to really engage and want to do business in the long term and not as ‘well tomorrow I’ll do it for you because everything looks good,’ to make those long term contracts to increase our trade,” said Ziegler.
Ziegler said the impacts will be seen locally.
“Products are going to Mexico everyday from Mankato from the soybean crushing plants, the DDGS from our ethanol plants are going to Mexico, they’re going to Canada, so this is really important, this is really impactful,” said Ziegler.
The agreement also addresses agricultural biotechnology and biosecurity among the three nations and removed language that protected expensive biologic drugs from generic imitators.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, said he wants Congress to pass USMCA by Christmas.
“That would be one of the best Christmas parties our region could ever have,” said Ziegler.
Thiesse said the next step will be getting the deal through Congress to get it on President Trump’s desk.
NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) – After months in limbo, the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement is inching closer to passing through Congress.
Canada and Mexico are the two largest export markets for the United States for food and agricultural products. Experts now say this agreement will open new doors for the agricultural industries.
Especially dairy producers, who have been waiting for the deal to pass after a year of widespread financial turmoil.
“With Canada’s milk quota system, they were removing some of their dairy products and selling them into our markets, especially in Mexico, at a reduced rate, a subsidized rate, and that was actually hurting our markets so this agreement will prevent anymore of that,” said dairy farmer out of New Ulm, Steve Hoffman.
Written by Allison Durheim, KEYC News on December 5, 2019.
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — GreenSeam held its annual Rural Forum at the Mankato Civic Center on Thursday.
The forum is in its 37th year and this year’s theme of Navigating Perspectives brought in agriculture professionals, elected officials and college students.
The 2019 Rural Forum brought together various groups to discuss the hot topics facing today’s rural economy.
“So to many of us, the room might feel a little bit down about agriculture tonight… but also, we’re in the midst of the most exciting time of agriculture,” said GreenSeam director, Sam Ziegler.
A part of those exciting times is producers offering more food options for consumers, though producers aren’t the only ones coming up with new options.
“Our main mission is to educate the public about a lot of issues that have to do with animal rights as well as educating consumers what is in these new meats… fake bacon, fake sausage, fake hamburgers,” said president of Berman and Company and keynote speaker, Rick Berman.
The forum brought hot topics to the table for discussion, as well as how the use of social media has changed the way producers interact with consumers.
“On the other hand, we do have the opportunity to use the internet and we do have the opportunity to convince people in a much more efficient way than ever before,” said Berman.
Berman pressed the message of getting ahead of the communication gap between producers and consumers with the power of the internet.
“People who have an interest in protecting the current status quo or protecting food choices, you have to be equally vigilant, you can’t wait until the last minute to do something about a problem, you have to look over the horizon, you have to see where these threats are coming from,” said Berman.
Berman addressed misconceptions the agricultural industries are facing and how agriculture professionals can effectively communicate to all generations using social media.
MANKATO — A rural forum, Navigating Perspectives, is planned from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Mankato Civic Center Ballroom, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato.
The annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with farmers, ag and business professionals, college students, ag organizations and more. The forum provides an opportunity for important conversations about key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions.
Keynote speaker is Rick Berman, president of Berman and Co., a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications and creative advertising.
Hear from key Minnesota legislators and representatives from Minnesota FFA. Gov. Tim Walz, has been invited to attend.
For more details, visit greenseam.org/forum19.
GreenSeam Announces Keynote for 37th Annual Rural Forum
MANKATO, Minn. (September 18, 2019) The Rural Forum is set for December 5, 2019. This year’s forum entitled “Navigating Perspectives” will be held from 4 – 9 pm at the Mankato Civic Center Ballroom at 1 Civic Center Plaza.
The premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide range of attendees – farmers, professionals from ag and business, college students, ag organizations and more – when it comes to rural Minnesota nearly everyone is connected to agriculture in some way. This Forum provides an opportunity to have important conversations about the key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions.
Hear from Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota FFA, key Minnesota Legislators and our keynote speaker, Rick Berman:
Richard “Rick” Berman, President, Berman and Company, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.
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.
Berman and Company takes a creative approach to advocacy and 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. More >>
For more details please visit greenseam.org/forum19
To be a part of the discussion, sponsor a portion of the event or register for a table or individual ticket(s), please click here.
We are looking forward to seeing this event grow and addressing complicated issues we all face.
About GreenSeam, LLC
The GreenSeam is a grassroots initiative, created by countless businesses and professionals from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa and lead by Greater Mankato Growth. This initiative exists to build on existing ag business prominence maximizing a growing economic marketplace in order to be the premier ag business epicenter in the United States – the most diverse, balanced and sustainable. It is a place that is agriculturally relevant, responsive and diverse. Learn more at greenseam.org.
About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, GMG advances business through existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes three LLCs: Visit Mankato, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center and GreenSeam, LLC .
Sam Ziegler, 507.385.6672
GreenSeam to Conduct State of Ag Focus Groups
MANKATO, Minn. (June 6, 2019) — Make your voice heard by participating in the first ever State of Ag, conducted by GreenSeam. The State of Ag is a comprehensive survey of Minnesota’s agribusinesses and related businesses. It reveals the perceptions and opinions on the economy and other major issues impacting ag businesses, with an emphasis on education and talent attraction and retention. GreenSeam needs business leaders, human resources professionals and executive level professionals to provide their expertise and insights.
The State of Ag will be five focus groups held in the GreenSeam on June 19th and 20th at the following locations:
- Austin, Wednesday, June 19 from 11 am – 12 pm at Town Center Building in Austin, Lower Level Conference Room (329 N. Main St.)
- Fairmont, Wednesday, June 19 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at Southern MN Educational Campus at 115 Park Street South (Room 112)
- Faribault, Wednesday, June 19 from 8 – 9 am at the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce Carlander Room (530 Wilson Ave. NW)
- Mankato, Thursday, June 20 from 2 – 3 pm at ISG in downtown Mankato (115 E Hickory St #300 / 3rd Floor)
- Marshall, Thursday, June 20 from 10 – 11 am at the Red Baron Arena & Expo Club Room (1651 Victory Dr.)
Participants will be asked to share challenges and solutions your businesses face each day. The focus groups will provide a strong reach of southern Minnesota and will be supported by a follow-up survey. GreenSeam is looking to capture both the concerns and opportunities businesses are looking at today and long-term.
The results of this research will help give our agriculture industry and rural Minnesota a much-needed competitive advantage. With access to the knowledge of leaders and more information, we can properly address the challenges employers have today and prepare for their future needs. The information we collect regarding talent needs will be shared with our educational partners to ensure our education system is on track. This will also allow the GreenSeam to further define the full breadth of agriculture.
GreenSeam is asking for individuals who represent the following business classifications. Food & Beverage, Livestock, Agronomy / Crop Science, Agri-Services / Business, Transportation / Energy, and Professional Services to attend.
Tom Mason of Mason Public Affairs will lead the focus groups and ask you to share your opinions about the workforce shortage in agriculture, potential solutions while also diving into several other important components of your business. If you see your business connect these please join.
We hope to see you at this focus group and if you have any immediate questions, please call or email Sam Ziegler, Director of GreenSeam, at 507.385.6672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our sponsors, Ardent Mills, Bremer Bank, Crystal Valley Coop and Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. Thank you also to our community hosts; Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce, Development Corporation of Austin, Fairmont Economic Development, Marshall Economic Development Authority and Greater Mankato Growth.
About GreenSeam, LLC
GreenSeam is a grassroots initiative, created by countless businesses and professionals from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. This initiative exists to build on existing ag business prominence maximizing a growing economic marketplace in order to be the premier ag business epicenter in the United States – the most diverse, balanced and sustainable. It is a place that is agriculturally relevant, responsive and diverse. GreenSeam is a business unit of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG). Learn more at greenseam.org.
Sam Ziegler, 507.385.6672
3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001