2018 Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference

June 18-20, 2018
Bloomington, Minn.

This year’s conference focuses on continuing the development of young agricultural leaders by exposing them to the diversity of today’s challenges, opinions, and ideas surrounding food production all while building strong industry advocates and expanding professional networks.


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JUNE 19, 2017

9:00 a.m.         Registration Begins – Holiday Inn and Conference Center – Brandon, SD

9:30 a.m.         Welcome and Introductions

10:00 a.m.       Leading the .01%  – Greg Wooldridge, Former Commanding Officer, The Blue Angels

Blue Angels pilots are the best of the best, and channeling that kind of talent takes special care. Greg’s success leading the Blues provides a powerful model for any team or organization looking to re-define high performance.

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

12:00 p.m.       Book-Smart (IQ) vs. People-Smart (EQ): The Significant Role of Emotional Intelligence in Career and Life Success – Brenda Clark-Hamilton

Have you ever worked with someone who had poor people skills or could not control their emotions?  This person likely had a low level of Emotional Intelligence, a.k.a., EQ.

Do not be fooled by the term, Emotional Intelligence.  This fascinating, interactive session is not about warm-and-fuzzy, touchy-feely stuff…but rather a practical delving into the huge role that people skills and attitude, i.e., Emotional Intelligence, play in career and life success.  We’ll start by exploring which components of Emotional Intelligence are most valued by employers, then identify which are most important in your particular work role.  Finally, we’ll pinpoint several take-home strategies for increasing one’s EQ and thus, becoming more competent and confident in all areas of your life.

1:30 p.m.         Break

2:00 p.m.         The Faces and Impact of Animal Activism – A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Brian Foster – Insight Enterprise Consulting

Diane Sullivan – Consumer / Mother / Affordable Food Advocate

Randy Spronk – Farmer

Jeff Johnson – Associate Professor, St. Catherine’s University

3:30 p.m.         Break

4:00 p.m.         Formal Networking

This will be an opportunity for attendees to network with industry stakeholders in a structured setting.  Individuals in attendance will consist of commodity leaders, Human Resource professionals from across agriculture, farmers and more.  This is designed as an opportunity to develop attendees networking skills which could lead to future mentorships, internships or a career.

5:30 p.m.         Networking Social Hour

JUNE 20, 2017

7:00 a.m.              Breakfast

8:00 a.m.              Industry Tours

2:30 p.m.             Overcoming Adversity – Amberley Snyder 

In January 2010, Amberley was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo when she was in an accident where she was ejected from her truck. After five hours of emergency surgery, the doctor’s prognosis was she would never regain use or feeling below her waist. Amberley’s top priority was not even to walk again but ride her horses. Remarkably, only 18 months after the accident, she was back on her horse.

4:00 p.m.             Depart for Service Projects

JUNE 21, 2017

7:00 a.m.              Breakfast

8:00 a.m.              How to be a Torchbearer for Agriculture-  Rhett Laubach, Professional Speaker

This program is designed to help you understand how to grow and strengthen your influence as an ambassador for agriculture. Join professional speaker and leadership expert Rhett Laubach (@RhettLaubach) as he helps add new focus, strategies, techniques and the fuel to become a Torchbearer – an actively engaged ambassador who attracts attention and resources.

9:30 a.m.              Conference Thank You’s and Evaluations

10:00 a.m.       Your Future in Ag Starts Now – Amanda Radke – Blogger and Beef Producers

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat — social media is a fun way to stay connected, but did you know it can also help you build a career, create a brand and provide a platform to discuss agricultural issues with consumers? Agricultural advocacy is the key to achieving your goals and protecting the future of food producers. Blogger and beef producer Amanda Radke shares her strategies for using social media to accomplish your goals.

11:00 a.m.           Review and Close – Safe Travels


Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors that we have


Compeer Financial – Presenting Sponsor
Boehringer Ingelheim Boehringer-Logo
Hog Slat
PIC ThePigSite_Product&Services
Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture 3745927_G
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Are you one of agriculture’s future leaders? Do you have the desire and passion for growing your network and developing your skills in order to lead one of the most challenging and rewarding industries in the world- AGRICULTURE?

If Yes, the 2018 Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference is for you!

The Minnesota Pork Board is hosting the second annual Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference, June 18-20  in Bloomington, Minn. The conference is open to 18-22 year-olds interested in agriculture; all areas of agriculture are welcome.