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REGISTRATION Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Spouse/Guest: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ County: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________________ Cellphone: _________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dietary Needs: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cost: $100 Hotel: $104 plus tax. Each attendee must make their own reservation. 888-867-7829. Late Conference Fee: $140 (January 10-23) Tours: $25, includes box lunch (check one) Number attending Tour 1: __________ Number attending Tour 2: __________ Return registration and payment to MFBF, Attn Leadership Conference, PO Box 64370, St. Paul MN 55164 no later than January 9, 2015.

Registration Deadline: Postmark no later than January 9, 2015. Mail form and payment to: Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Attn: Leadership Conference PO Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164

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To raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development.


IGNITE MFBF Leadership Conference


Treasure Island Resort 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road Welch, MN 55089 888-867-7829 ticasino.com

January 23-24, 2015

IGNITE MFBF Leadership Conference



Saturday, January 24 7 a.m.

Eggs & Issues MFBF Public Policy Team

8:15 a.m.

Workshops Round 1 What Makes Organic Organic? Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

(Subject to change)

Farm Business Planning 101/How to Write a Loan Pam Uhlenkamp, South Central College Pete Henslin, Bremer Bank

Friday, January 23 10 a.m. Conference Tours Tour 1: Red Wing Shoes For over a century, Red Wing purpose-built footwear has been at the spearhead of innovation in the standard of excellence for work boots.

EASE - Engage, Acknowledge, Share, Earn Trust Johnna Miller, American Farm Bureau Federation 9:30 a.m.

S.B. Foot Tanning Company S.B. Foot Tanning Company is the main leather supplier for Red Wing Shoe Company and the U.S. Military. Their leather is crafted into purses, bags, gun holsters and cases and countless accessories.

Workshops Round 2 Beginning Farmers Programs David Weinand, Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Buzz About Bees and Other Pollinators Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Challenging the EPA - What’s it Mean for Us? Gary Koch, Gislason & Hunter

Syngenta Stanton Research & Development Facility Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. They help increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.

11 a.m.

General Session Will Coggin, Center for Consumer Freedom (HumaneWatch)

Cannon River Winery The renovated winery has award-winning wines handcrafted on-site, mixing traditions and local techniques with those from around the world.



1:30 p.m.

Workshops Round 3 Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture Matt Rohlik, Haug Implement Company

Tour 2: University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Learning Center & Plant UWRF strives to make the learning experience for students engaging. The new Dairy Learning Center complex offers the latest in dairy technology, allowing students to acquire skills using the most effective tools. Stoney End Stoney End is a family-owned and operated maker of traditional folk lever harps. They offer unique hand-crafted products, affordable quality, custom design and superior service to help customers find the right harp.

Farm Business Succession Planning Jim McCarthy, Farm Bureau Financial Services Energy & Agriculture: Challenging Commonalities Cynthie Christensen, Houston County Farm Bureau 2:45 p.m.

EASE - Engage, Acknowledge, Share, Earn Trust Johnna Miller, American Farm Bureau Federation

Pottery Museum of Red Wing The historic pottery industry flourished in Red Wing from 1877-1967. The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation is dedicated to gathering historical information and items to preserve Red Wing and other American pottery. Red Wing Brewery Red Wing Brewery is proud to carry on the tradition of small-batch brewing. Their beer is produced and sold exclusively at the brewery. 5:30 p.m.

General Session Greg Peterson, Peterson Farm Brothers “I’m Farming and I Grow It”

6:30 p.m.

Grand Welcome

7:30 p.m.

District Dine the Halls and Networking

9:30 p.m.

Evening Entertainment: Cosmic Bowling

Workshops Round 4 Next Generation Ag Production Technologies Doyle Karr, DuPont Pioneer

“Meat” the Terms Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Karin Schaefer, Minnesota Beef Council Theresa Twohey, Minnesota Pork Board 4 p.m.

Ag Literacy Make & Take: Minnesota Agriculture - How Sweet it Is

4 p.m.

Discussion Meet Preliminary Rounds

5:30 p.m.

We Don’t Eat ‘til the Kids Eat! Hunger Service Project

6:30 p.m.

Leadership Banuqet

9 p.m.

Wrap-Up & Evening Entertainment Conference Adjourns