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February 1, 2013

South Central College, North Mankato, Minn., to host ag symposium

Experts to share latest trends with producers

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Today’s agricultural producers are adapting to a landscape that is 
constantly changing. They are expected to be economists, commodity 
specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation 
logisticians, managers and more.

South Central College’s Foundation is providing a one-day 
professional development opportunity to assist area farm families 
with keeping a finger on the pulse of their dynamic industry. South 
Central College Foundation is proud to announce the fifth annual “New 
Tools for New Rules” Agricultural Symposium. This regional 
professional development opportunity is designed for all agricultural 
producers. New Tools brings world-class speakers to the campus of 
South Central College for a day of cutting-edge presentations and 
discussion. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25.

South Central College, located at 1920 Lee Boulevard in North 
Mankato, Minn., will host all activities in its John Votca Conference 
Center.

Scheduled to appear are Michael Swanson, Rick Dusek and David Kohl.
All are experts in their respective field and will introduce 
conference attendees to the “new rules” facing 21st century ag 
producers. They will also be providing attendees with “new tools” to 
address these challenges, making them more productive and profitable 
farm managers.

Attendees will be also be allowed to customize their learning with 
relevant breakout sessions that range from topics including social 
media, human resources, financial communications, water quality and 
more.

The principal sponsorship for “New Tools for New Rules” is provided 
by CHS and CHS Foundation.

Cost for the one-day symposium is $119 ($99 if you register by Feb. 
15). All proceeds from “New Tools for New Rules” go toward 
agribusiness scholarships and program advancement, as well as general 
support for the non-profit SCC Foundation. Lunch is included in the 
ticket price.

For more information, contact Tami Reuter, SCC Foundation executive 
director at (507) 389-7342. For tickets, log on to 
www.southcentral.edu/agsymposium.

Speaker bios
Rick Dusek
Rick Dusek is vice president of CHS Grain Marketing, a division of 
CHS Inc. He is responsible for all North American commodity trading 
and risk management for the grain marketing business. In his 23 years 
with CHS, Dusek has held a series of progressively responsible 
positions within grain marketing. Beginning as a procurement 
merchant, Dusek moved into domestic wheat trading; from there he 
managed the wheat export trading desk. He was director of 
merchandising for grain marketing from 2006 through 2011, and was 
named vice president in January of 2012. Dusek also serves on the 
board of directors of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
Born and raised in Grafton, N.D., he graduated from North Dakota 
State University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural 
economics.

David Kohl
David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural 
economics from Cornell University. Kohl has traveled over 6 million 
miles throughout his professional career. He has conducted more than 
5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, 
Farm Credit, Farm Service Agency and regulators, as well as producer 
and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 500 
articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, 
extension and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for 
Farm Journal, Top Producer, Ag Lender and Soybean Digest.

Michael Swanson
Michael Swanson, Ph.D., is an agricultural economist and consultant 
for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the 
United States. Based in Minneapolis, his responsibilities include 
analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key 
agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn and cotton, 
and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy and hogs.
Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells 
Fargo’s customers, and performs macroeconomic and international 
analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness. Swanson 
received undergraduate degrees in economics and business 
administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and 
both his master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural and applied 
economics from the University of Minnesota. His doctoral thesis, 
which the National Research Institute and the Norwegian government 
sponsored, showed how to use value-added tax data to better estimate 
key components of economic activity.

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