The Truth About Food


More than three-dozen years ago, the Rural Legislative 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 36th annual Rural Legislative Forum in December.


This is a great opportunity to highlight your business and attend to hear from key elected officials, along with industry speakers Harry Stine, CEO, Stine Seed Company and Chip Flory, host of Farm Journal Media’s two daily radio talk shows, AgriTalk and AgriTalk After the Bell. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from the various speakers and have candid conversations about key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions.


Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 4 – 9 pm
Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato


  • 35th Annual Rural Legislative Forum had 16 different key elected officials and industry speakers.

  • More than 200 students, community leaders and elected officials attended the 35th Annual Rural Legislative Forum.

  • 15 businesses in the GreenSeam region supported the 35th Annual Rural Legislative Forum with their sponsorship.

35th Annual Rural Legislative Forum Speakers

Update on issues affecting agriculture and agribusiness by policy experts

Moderator: Kent Thiesse, VP MinnStar Bank

Bill Blazar, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Business Development, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Amber Hanson, Policy Director, Minnesota Farm Bureau

Dan Dorman, Executive Director, Greater Minnesota Partnership

Joe Mahon, Director, Regional Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Paul Connors, Consul General a.i. of Canada in Minneapolis, United States*

Moderator: David Krause, CEO Pioneer Bank & GreenSeam Board Chair

Todd Golly, Co-Founder of AKER

Jay Johnson, CEO Revol Greens

James Curren, Founder of Java Cycle

Moderator: Gary Koch, VP Christensen Farms & GreenSeam Vice Chair

Senator Bill Weber, Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy

Representative Rod Hamilton, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture Finance

Representative Paul Anderson, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture Policy

Representative Jeanne Poppe, DFL Lead, House Committee on Agriculture Finance