Farmfest 2012 is going to feature an exciting line-up of feature forums, as well as a U.S. Senate and Congress-ional candidates forum, ac-cording to Kent Thiesse, Farmfest forum coordinator.
The forums are being held Aug. 7-8, in the forum tent on the Farmfest site, located at the Gilfillan Estate, seven miles southeast of Redwood Falls. Thiesse said the forum scheduled for 2012 has a heavy emphasis on national and state agricultural policy issues and on issues affecting rural Minnesota.
The schedule features the two candidate forums, as well as special forums on water quality, the renewable fuel standard, the U of M and the livestock industry, featuring nationally known speaker Trent Loos. Keynote addresses will be given by Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken, and U of M president Eric Kaler.
All of the forums provide time for questions, and follow-up discussion by panel members.
A new feature for Farmfest in 2012 each day at 9 a.m. are forums tilted: “IDEAg Intercon-nectivity…the Future of Farming”. These Forums feature special presentations by agricultural innovators and company representatives focusing on the latest advancements in technology are impacting the ag industry.
The “Congressional Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues” is Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Congres-sional candidates from Minnesota’s first, second, sixth and seventh Congressional districts were invited to participate in the forum. Confirmed candidates for the Forum include Seventh District Con-gressman Collin Peter-son (D) and his challenger Lee Byberg (R); First District Congress-man Tim Walz (D) and his opponents Mike Parry (R) and Alan Quist (R) and Mike Ober-mueller (D), who is endorsed in the Second District to challenge Con-gressman John Kline.
The “U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues” is scheduled for Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m. The major candidates for U.S. Senate in Minne-sota have agreed to participate in the forum, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and challengers Kurt Bills from the Republican Party and Glen Menze, Independence Party.
Gov. Mark Dayton is set to deliver a keynote address Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. This is be followed by a feature forum at 1:15 p.m. titled: “Water Qual-ity Initiatives…Future Impacts on Farmers?”
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is scheduled to deliver a keynote address Aug. 7 at 2:45 p.m., to kick-off a feature forum titled: “The Ren-ewable Fuel Standard …Fueling the Agricultur-al and Energy Industries”
Trent Loos, a nationally known ag speaker, highlights a special livestock forum Aug. 8, at 1:15 p.m.,
The feature forum Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., is titled: “Innovation in Ag-riculture… Opportunities from the University” featuring Eric Kaler.