The 31st annual Farmfest is set to open Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Gilfillan Estate, seven miles southeast of Redwood Falls, MN.
Farmfest will open at 9 a.m. with a panel discussion on interconnected farming. "The Future of Farming" continues the IDEAg Interconnectivity series.
Following the IDEAg Interconnectivity panel at 10:30 a.m., Tom Rothman with the Minnesota Farm Network will moderate the Congressional Candidates' Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues. Participating candidates include Congressman Collin Peterson (D-7), Lee Byber (R), Congressman Tim Walz (D-1), Mike Parry (R), Alan Quist (R), and Mike Obermueller (D).
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver this year's Keynote Address at 1 p.m. with U.S. Senator Al Franken opening The Renewable Fuel Standard...Fueling the Agricultural and Energy Industries forum at 2:45 p.m. Registration is open.
In its third decade, the IDEAg Farmfest continues to connect industry leading manufacturers/providers with decision-making producers. It is a leading agricultural event, drawing attendees from around the region.
Farmfest is visited each year by more than 35,000 attendees with over 600 vendors. The Farmfest Forums are developed by former University of Minnesota educator Kent Thiesse.
Each year, thousands attend to hear from leaders in the field discussing topics national and state agricultural policy issues affecting rural Minnesota.
For more information, log onto http://www.ideaggroup.com/farmfest.