2021 Minnesota Ag & Food Summit Hosted by AgriGrowth

Join Us for Our Annual Summit on November 4th!

November 4, 2021
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

AgriGrowth is excited to welcome everyone to our Annual Minnesota Ag & Food Summit this November. Register now for our biggest event of the year!

Download the 2021 Minnesota Ag & Food Summit Agenda here.
Download the 2021 Minnesota Ag & Food Summit Exhibitor Packet here.
Staying in Minneapolis for the Summit? Stay at the Hilton Minneapolis for a special rate of $135 per night plus tax.


Wednesday, November 3

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.          Pre-conference Reception at Brit’s Pub

                                                          1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

                                                         ($20 Members/$30 Non-Members. Advance RSVP required)

                                                          Food Sponsored by Midwest Dairy

Thursday, November 4

7:30 a.m.                                    Registration Open / Breakfast & Networking

                                                         Sponsored by Rosen's Diversified, Inc.

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.           AgriGrowth Business Meeting (members only)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Economic & Policy Outlook for U.S. Agriculture

                                                         Dr. John Newton, Chief Economist, Ranking Member John Boozman, U.S. Senate Committee on                                                          Ag, Nutrition, and Forestry

                                                         Sponsored by Land O'Lakes

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Panel on Cyber Security: The Next Big Ag Disrupter

                                                         Moderator: Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt, Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University                                                          of Minnesota

                                                         Panelists: Chris Gabbard, Cyber Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;                                                          Noah Korba, Director, Cyber Security,  General Mills;  and Jim O’Conner, Chief Information                                                          Security Officer, Cargill

                                                          Sponsored by Compeer Financial

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.     Break & Exhibit Fair 

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.        Luncheon Program

                                                         Distinguished Service Award

                                                         Guest Speaker: Governor Tim Walz

                                                         Sponsored by CHS

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.           Break & Exhibit Fair 

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Politics NOT as Usual: Advancing Agri-Food Priorities in Washington

                                                         Moderator: Kristin Weeks Duncanson

                                                         Panelists: Callie Eideberg, Director of Govt. Relations, Environmental Defense Fund; Bev Paul,                                                          Washington Representative, Gordley Associates; Tara Smith, Executive VP, Michael Torrey                                                          Associates; and Mary Kay Thatcher, Fed. Govt & Ind. Relations, Syngenta

                                                         Sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Afternoon Session: Future of Agriculture

                                                         Jennifer Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States                                                           Department of Agriculture

                                                         Sponsored by Cargill

4:00 p.m.                                    Post-conference Reception & Exhibit Fair            

5:30 p.m.                                    Conference Concludes

Distinguished Service Award

Since 1968, it has been an AgriGrowth tradition to present an individual member, team or organization with a Distinguished Service Award. Recipients are selected for their unique service and significant contributions to strengthening food systems and agriculture in Minnesota.

Award recipients are announced during the Minnesota Ag & Food Summit each November. Nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Service Award Winner are now closed. Learn more about the Distinguished Service Award here.

Thank You to Our Summit Sponsors!

There are still sponsorship & exhibitor opportunities available for the Ag & Food Summit! Reach out to Dana Ellis at dana@ellisinternational.com to learn more.

Your health and safety is important to us. You can find the Minnesota Ag & Food Summit's Health and Safety Notice as well as the Minneapolis Convention Center's latest safety updates here.