The Truth about Food

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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.

We have once again invited USDA Secretary of Ag Sunny Perdue. We hope to hear an update on the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity and the Administration’s efforts more broadly to change policies, regulations and laws that will bolster the agriculture industry and rural economy.

About the Speakers

Master of Ceremonies: Chip Flory

Chip joined Pro Farmer as a floor reporter for Futures World News in January 1988 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Ag Journalism. He spent 3 years reporting from the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as Bureau Chief for FWN.

Chip moved to the Pro Farmer headquarters in 1991 where he started as Electronic Services Editor. With Pro Farmer, he has been Sr. Market Analyst, General Manager, Editor of the company’s flagship newsletter and is now Editorial Director.

Chip is also a host of Farm Journal Media’s two daily radio talk shows, AgriTalk and AgriTalk After the Bell.

More about Chip Flory

Harry H. Stine, CEO, Stine Seed Company

Harry Stine is synonymous with many titles – innovator, businessman, entrepreneur – but the title holding the most significance to him is a farmer. Raised on the family property in Dallas County, Iowa, Harry graduated from Central Dallas High School and then McPherson College in Kansas. In 1964, he joined his father’s soybean cleaning business in Adel, Iowa.

Harry’s interest in research and seed breeding started when he found some unusual soybean plants in one of the company fields. He saw the value and profit opportunities that breeding, developing and growing newer, higher-yielding soybean varieties would have for his company and farmers. While yield checking the soybean lines, he came to understand what a conventional breeding program could bring to the soybean industry and growers.

December 2018 Rural Legislative Forum Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor

Student Participation Supported by CLA Foundation

The Rural Legislative Forum has a long and rich history of focusing on key policy topics, as well as connecting community leaders with their elected officials to discuss issues affecting our farms and local communities.

Kent ThesseSenior Vice President MinnStar Bank