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MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota’s premier indoor agriculture trade show is returning to an in-person event in 2022. After a virtual pivot in 2021, the MN Ag Expo will take place Jan. 19-20 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato.

"We are thrilled to reunite with our fellow farmers and the agriculture community,” said Minnesota Soybean Growers Association President and Beltrami farmer Mike Skaug. “MN Ag Expo is always a must-attend for growers throughout our state. After the trials and tribulations of the past couple years, we’re definitely not taking the 2022 Expo for granted.”

MSGA and Expo co-sponsors, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, will hold their annual meetings and finalize their 2022 policy resolutions on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, respectively.

This year, MCGA and MSGA have once again compiled a diverse list of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. South Dakota rancher and advocate Amanda Radke will serve as the afternoon keynote, and Army Veteran Jack Zimmerman will share his inspiring story during Thursday’s “Food for Thought” luncheon. Farm management expert Kent Thiesse is set to deliver the Morning Ag Economic Outlook presentation.

“Audiences are so excited to be back together,” Radke said. “The ag community is so close knit, and we’ve missed that fellowship and camaraderie.”

MCGA’s Reception and Silent Auction takes place on Jan. 19, highlighting the work of MCGA’s 52 county corn organizations. It will be followed by entertainment from comedian Todd Andrews during the dinner banquet.

While at the Expo, be sure to stop by the MCGA booth on the trade show floor to learn the many ways the state’s corn farmers are building a brighter future for Minnesota agriculture. Connect with old friends, look for giveaways, learn how your corn check-off funds are working for you, and explore the benefits of membership.

"Minnesota Corn is proud to co-sponsor MN Ag Expo and other events that allow farmers to network, hear from industry leaders and explore the latest trends in agriculture,” MCGA President Bryan Biegler said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating and highlighting our grassroots membership and can’t wait to get together.”

MSGA will also be holding its annual carnival fundraiser on Jan. 19 at the Loose Moose Salon to support MSGA’s grassroots advocacy mission in St. Paul and Washington, D.C.

Attendance at MN Ag Expo is free, but registration is required. Register online at https://mnagexpo.com/register.

“Our members and sponsors have been driving our mission since 1962, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to once again visit as an agriculture community,” MSGA Executive Director Joe Smentek said. “There’s going to be something for everyone at this year’s Ag Expo.”

This article was submitted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

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