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Convention Guest Speakers


Patty Edelberg NFU
NFU Vice President 


Thom Peterson
Minnesota  Ag Commissioner 


Tim Walz
Minnesota Governor 


Dr. John Ikerd
Agriculture Author


Dr. Harwood Schaffer
University of Tennessee


Dennis Todey
USDA  Climate Hub


Gary Wertish
Minnesota NFU State President 


Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo
Ruminant Nutritionist

Convention Schedule

Sunday Feb. 9
7:30 p.m. Credentials Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 10
8:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting: First Session

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration for All Committees

10:00 a.m. Member Registration- Convention

Noon Committee Meetings: Resolutions, Election & Tally and Arrangements/Hospitality

3:00 p.m. General Session

3:45 p.m. Gary Wertish—MN NFU president

4:25 p.m. Dennis Todey—USDA Climate Hub

4:50 p.m. Vice President’s Address - Paul Riniker
Member Social

Tuesday, Feb. 11 
9:00 a.m. Financial Report – Closed Session

10:45 a.m. Harwood Schaffer—Ag Trade Done Right

11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m. General Session —
Patty Edelburg, V.P. National Farmers Union

Thom Peterson, MN Commissioner of Agriculture

Legislative Coordinator Gene Paul

Resolutions & Bylaws 

3:15 p.m. Dr. John Ikerd

Old and New Business

Tuesday, Feb. 11 continued
6:30 p.m. President’s Dessert reception

7:00 p.m. Young Producer Awards

Procurement Awards

President’s Address – Paul Olson 

Wednesday, Feb. 12
7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
(Registration closes 30 minutes prior to voting. You must be registered as a member to vote) 

8:00 a.m. General Session—

8:15 a.m. President’s Nomination

8:30 a.m. Candidate Forum

8:50 a.m. Voting  for President

9:30 a.m. Dairy Division Presentation

11:00 a.m. Election Results for President 

11:15 a.m.  Vice President’s Nomination

11:30 a.m. Candidate Forum

11:50 a.m. Voting for Vice President

12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m. Election Results for Vice President

1:30 p.m. Grain Division Presentation

2:15 p.m. Livestock Division Presentation

3:30 p.m. Seating of Directors

Institute for Rural America Auction

Closing Comments Paul Olson

7:30 p.m. Cocktail Party and Dance featuring Passion

Thursday, Feb. 13
8:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting