2020 featured speakers

Michelle Miller aka Farm Babe

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Farm Babe will be speaking on Wednesday as our opening keynote. 

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

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Dr. Kamphoff will be our closing keynote speaker during Thursday's lunch.  

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff is a keynote speaker, marathoner, and professor who is a high performance coach for leaders, businesses and championship teams, helping them master their mindset.

With a Ph.D. in performance psychology,  She has spoken for some of the largest companies including Target, Wal-Mart, and Verizon Wireless and works with the MN Vikings players. 

Dr. Dave Kohl

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 Dr. David Kohl is our Early Riser session speaker on Thursday. David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.  

Davis Michaelsen

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 Davis Michaelsen is our moderator during Wednesday evening's dinner. Davis Michaelsen offers a fresh perspective on risk management through his coverage and analysis of the Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Regional Price Index. His easy-to-understand style makes Davis' fuel and fertilizer outlook one of the most engaging segments in Pro Farmer seminars. 

Geoff Cooper

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Geoff Cooper is a panelist during Wednesday evening's dinner. 

 Since October 2018, Geoff Cooper is President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Collectively representing the majority of U.S. ethanol industry leaders and supporters, RFA’s mission is to increase the production and use of renewable fuels and to create a dynamic, robust ethanol industry. 

Thom Petersen, Commissioner of Ag

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Thom Petersen is speaking Wednesday evening as part of the biofuels panel with Geoff Cooper and Davis Michaelsen. Petersen is the MN Commissioner of Agriculture.

Kaitlin Pals

Kaitlin Pals is an attorney with Gislason and Hunter.

Kaitlin Pals is an attorney with Gislason & Hunter who specializes in farm transitions. 

Jeremiah Jazdzewski

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Jeremiah Jazdzewski is speaking on Thursday during the impaired waters session. 

 Local and national clients alike seek Houston Engineering, Inc.'s (HEI) creative and lasting solutions in the areas of water resources, environmental issues, water supply, municipal, transportation, surveying, land and site development, waste management, urban planning, GIS, and web/mobile technology.  

Drew Kessler

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Drew Kessler is speaking on Thursday during the impaired waters session. 

 Local and national clients alike seek Houston Engineering, Inc.'s (HEI) creative and lasting solutions in the areas of water resources, environmental issues, water supply, municipal, transportation, surveying, land and site development, waste management, urban planning, GIS, and web/mobile technology.  

Dale Viktora

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Dale Viktora is speaking during the Beck's Hybrids session on Wednesday. 

 Dale grew up on a family farm near Geneva, Minnesota, where he still actively farms with his family. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from South Dakota State University, and has been an agronomist for seven years. Dale has a true passion for agronomy and helping growers achieve higher yields and increased ROIs. 


Tim Miller

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Tim Miller will be speaking during the Profinium learning session on Wednesday.  

Tim Miller has been in the insurance industry working with farm communities for over 10 years specializing in Commercial, Ag and Personal Lines.  There are always moving parts to insurance plans especially when it comes to protecting the family farm. Tim will be sharing what you need to know and consider when reviewing your insurance plan. 

Hal Kimball

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Hal Kimball will be moderating the Wednesday keynote panel on solar energy.  He is the sales manager for Blue Horizon Energy. 

Trent Miller

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Trent Miller will be part of the Wednesday keynote panel. He is a solar specialist for Blue Horizon Energy. 

Todd Rose

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Todd Rose is owner of TR Farms. He will part of the solar energy panel. 

Barry Thompson

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Barry Thompson is a solar specialist for Blue Horizon Energy. He is part of the Wednesday keynote panel.