Agrinews is out with headlines touting next Tuesday's Feature Forum, "The New Farm Bill .... Shaping the Future of Rural America." The excitement includes a panel ranging from Tim Walz to Norm Coleman:
Farmfest will feature an exciting line-up of Feature Forums and a Farm Family of the Year Recognition Event, says Kent Thiesse, Farmfest Forum coordinator.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns will visit Farmfest Aug. 7.
Johanns will participate in the Feature Forum at 10:30 a.m. The forum is titled "The New Farm Bill .... Shaping the Future of Rural America."
"The opportunity to have secretary Johanns, House ag committee chair Peterson, and the other congressional leaders from Minnesota on a Farmfest forum at this stage of development of the next farm bill is outstanding," said Thiesse.
Forums will be held Aug. 7-9 in the Forum Tent on the show grounds located at on Gilfillan Estate. The show site is 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls.
Thiesse said the Forum schedule has a heavy emphasis on national and state agriculture policy issues and will focus on strengthening the rural economy in Minnesota.
It will feature special forums on the 2007 farm bill, global warming and developing future land use policy.
All forums will provide ample time for audience questions, and follow-up discussion by panel members.
The "The New Farm Bill.....Shaping the Future of Rural America" is the featured Forum on Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m.
The Forum Panel will feature the four members of Minnesota's congressional delegation who serve on the U.S. Senate and U.S. House ag committees.
Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is the chairman of the U.S. House ag committee, which also includes 1st District Congressman Tim Walz. Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar serve on the U.S. Senate ag committee.
Will Steger, world-famous Arctic explorer, will keynote a special afternoon Forum titled: "Global Warming ..... Agriculture's Role in Finding Solutions."
We found another panel that looks pretty interesting but isn't getting as much attention. From the looks of this Farmfest schedule, Walz and Peterson will also be joining the new DNR New Ulm regional office director for a discussion of youth and outdoor recreation:
9:15 AM Youth and Outdoors... What's Missing and Why it Matters?
Mark Matuska, DNR Regional Director and Congressmen Collin Peterson & Tim Walz
Walz is a member of Pheasants Forever and a teacher, so this could show another side of the Congressman.
People from the Cities or Winona and LaCrescent may have to get up with the cows to make the 9:15 a.m. discussion. Come for the Farm Bill and Global Warming, stay for the Corn Feed.