An experience designed exclusively for the next generation of pork industry stakeholders that will serve as an opportunity to STRETCH your perspectives in the areas of leadership, societal pressures, and business. STRETCH arms you with the necessary resources and tools to successfully face the challenges of a next-generation stakeholder, while also honoring the demands you face personally. STRETCH will ensure your time is well-invested.


The Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association Board of Directors believes it is imperative to foster the growth and development of the next generation of pork industry stakeholders.  Minnesota Pork will best serve you, our members, by bringing forward expertise in the areas of leadership, societal pressures (CRISPR Technology / Cultured Meat / GMOs – technology in food) and business while providing an opportunity for networking with peers. The list of featured speakers can be found below

Who should attend?

Next generation pork industry stakeholders that are approximately 25 to 45 years-old.


February 7 (10 a.m.) to February 8 (noon), 2018


Courtyard by Marriot Hotel and Event Center – Mankato, MN

For room reservations call: (507) 388-1234



Features Speakers Include

Professor Mark Post


Professor Post is a Dutch pharmacologist who is a Professor of Vascular Physiology at Maastricht University and Professor of Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven.  In 2008 he was the first in the world to present proof of concept for cultured meat.

Professor Pamela Ronald

Professor Ronald is a plant pathologist and geneticist. She is a professor in the Genome Center and the Department of Plant Pathology and founding faculty director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL), all at the University of California, Davis.  Ronald co-authored the book Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food with her husband, Raoul Adamchak.

Eric E. Williams, Pharm.D. J.D.

Eric Williams is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Department. His practice is focused on preparing and prosecuting patent applications through the United States Patent and Trademark Office and counseling clients on the protection of intellectual property. He is a member of the firm’s Food, Drug, and Device Law Practice Group, and in this regard has provided advice to multiple clients in the pharmaceutical industry and prepared patent term extension (PTE) applications for FDA-approved products.

Dr. Danny Klinefelter

Dr. Danny A. Klinefelter specializes in agricultural finance and management development. He is the director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and Executive Secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX). He is a business columnist for DTN, Chairman of the advisory board for Farm Journal Media’s Top Producer Executive Network and a member of the board of AgTexas Farm Credit Services. Danny spent 10 years in commercial banking and the Farm Credit System.

 Nathan Jamail

Nathan is the author of three bestselling books and has spent the last two decades helping and coaching leaders and organizations on how to build winning cultures and helping great leaders become great coaches. Nathan understands the difficulties that many leaders face in balancing the job of running the business and developing employees. As a business leader in corporate America and a small business owner for over 20 years, Nathan has a great deal of personal experience in the role of a leader and a coach.