Biotechnology's Future: Focus of Minnesota Agri-Growth Conference Panel

Annual meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Minneapolis.

Published on: Nov 1, 2013

The Minnesota Agri-Growth Conference will cover a range of political, food-related and agricultural issues at the 46th Annual Meeting and Speakers Conference Nov. 5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Speakers on the agenda are from Hormel, the University of Minnesota, Syngenta, SunOpta, the founder of Greenpeace and political pundits.

More than 400 industry leaders, news media, government professionals, commodity group and farmer leaders, and public officials will gather to learn about current industry trends and topics. The event is a comprehensive one-day program, which includes a membership meeting, speakers conference, exhibitors, the State of the State of Minnesota Agriculture, a keynote featuring a GMO proponent and past president of Greenpeace, and presentation of the Distinguished Service

Biotechnologys Future: Focus of Minnesota Agri-Growth Conference Panel
Biotechnology's Future: Focus of Minnesota Agri-Growth Conference Panel

Conference organizers pulled together two panels for the 2013 conference. After a presentation given by Patrick Moore, GMO proponent and former head of Greenpeace, the first panel will convene and examine the future of biotech. The group, led by moderator Kerri Miller with Minnesota Public Radio, consists of a variety of perspectives, including consumer, farmer, academia, GMO-free food provide and a biotech company.

Participants on "The Future of Biotechnology - Issues and Perspectives" panel are: Ruth MacDonald, RD, PhD, professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University; Chuck Lee, head of Corn for North America, Syngenta; Mike Yost, Yost Farm Inc.; Kate Leavitt, director, International Sales and Marketing, SunOpta Grains and Food Group; Louis Finkel, executive vice president, Government Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association.

And for the second group discussion, the "Political Insight Panel" will be represented by Sara Janacek, founder of Politics in Minnesota and political pundit; Steve Sviggum, legislative fellow, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Roger Moe, president of National Strategies Inc. and former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader; Blois Olson, Minnesota Political Pundit, Fluence Media, and Editor, MorningTake and AgTake; and Gil Gutknecht, former U.S. Congressman.

The meeting runs the full day--8:00am – 5:30pm, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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