Panel at STRETCH

2019 STRETCH Conference

Formal Registration has closed. If you would like to attend, contact the Minnesota Pork Office at 507-345-8814 or email


Who should attend?

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


April 3-4, 2019


Country Inn & Suites – Mankato, MN

1900 Premier Drive

Mankato, MN 56001


Reservations can be made by calling: (507) 388-8555

Discounted rates are available in the MN Pork Producers block.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

12:30 p.m.                           Registration Begins

1:00 p.m.                             Welcome

Jill Resler, COO Minnesota Pork Board / Minnesota Pork Producers Association

1:10 p.m.                             Dr. Frank Mitloehner

                                                Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension

                                                Department of Animal Science – University of California, Davis

                                              Kim Kirchherr

                                                MS, RD, LDN (Illinois), CDE, FAND, ACSM-CPT

Dr. Mitloehner and Kirchherr are consistently working to correct misinformation and bridge the gap between consumers and the farmers who grow their food within their respective roles.  It isn’t always easy to bring science into emotionally charged conversations around sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, laboratory-produced cultured protein, lifestyle trends, and the utilization of technology in food but Frank and Kim are able to with confidence, style, and the occasional edge to debunk misinformation or to get a point across.

4:00 p.m.                             Dr. Gordon Spronk (Tentative)

                                                Chairman of the Board, PIPESTONE 

Different than any African Swine Fever update given to-date, Dr. Spronk will share his first-hand experiences of ASF in China and the role Chinese culture will play in the Chinese pork industry’s path forward.

5:00 p.m.                             Break

5:30 p.m.                             Networking Social Hour 

6:00 p.m.                             Supper

                Featured Speaker: Trent Loos – Sixth generation United States Farmer

Thursday, April 4, 2019                                 


7:30 a.m.                              Breakfast

8:30 a.m.                              5 Levels of Leadership Workshop with the John Maxwell Company

                                                Learning a simple framework to increase influence


You believe everything rises and falls on leadership so you want to improve the leadership potential in your team. But leadership is a process, not a position or title. Leadership involves people whose personal dynamics are always changing. Some people view leadership as a position to be earned rather than an opportunity to be embraced. Others mistakenly think they have to be born a leader and that they can’t learn leadership skills.




The truth is leadership is influence. The right kind of influence brings out the best in people.

Each member of your team can positively influence their peers. The 5 Levels of Leadership

Workshop is a workshop led by a trained John Maxwell Company facilitator who brings

a wealth of personal leadership experience to the room. Built upon the foundational principles

from John C. Maxwell’s book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, this workshop provides a step-by-step

plan to create and develop influential leaders throughout your organization.


The 5 Levels of Leadership Workshop maximizes the potential of each leader on your team.

Whether aspiring to become a leader, new to a leadership position, or skilled at mentoring other leaders for years, this workshop will help participants improve their leadership skills. Through vibrant teaching, concrete activities, and insightful tools participants will:

  • Learn which core competencies will fuel their growth as a leader
  • Develop stronger relationships with those they lead and influence
  • Assess their current level of leadership
  • Discover how to progress between the levels and propel their growth
  • Create an action plan to advance them to the next level of leadership
  • Investigate their values and learn how values help build relationships
  • Establish a plan to become a leader who develops other leaders




When you do what you’ve always done the results never change. But if you want to develop a

world-class organization with top-notch leaders you have to discover what leadership is and

how it works. The 5 Levels of Leadership Workshop is the key that unlocks that door. Invest in

your people and watch them thrive. You’ll discover that thriving leaders lead to thriving



Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Professor and Air Qaulity Specialist in Cooperative Extension

Department of Animal Science – University of California, Davis

Dr. Mitloehner is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry.  Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.


Kim Kirchherr


Kirchherr is an award-winning registered dietitian and a certified personal trainer. She has experience in agriculture, supermarket, media (traditional and social), hospital-based health and fitness centers, as well as outpatient medical nutrition therapy programs. Her expertise lies in knowing, informing, and converging mutual goals of individuals (consumers), health professionals, agriculture experts, and retailers for better outcomes for all.

 Trent Loos

Sixth generation United States Farmer

When anti-agricultural activists threatened the way of life he cherished, it was time to take a stand. Consumers, even individuals in other aspects of agriculture, were listening to and believing the lies being spread by celebrities and vegan zealots. Somebody needed to speak on behalf of the hard-working farmers and ranchers of America. Trent accepted the challenge. Trent launched Loos Tales in 2001, a radio show that airs on 100 stations nationwide and boasts 3 million listeners on-air and online. Sharing the message about the people and places in rural America is a step toward re-connecting consumers to their food. Trent has been doing this since long before it was the “cool, foodie” thing to it.

Rick Vandermyden

John Maxwell facilitator

Rick VanDermyden has been involved in real estate development, mortgage lending, and real estate sales in the Sacramento metro area since 1989. He is also an Operating Partner of Keller Williams Realty Folsom. Rick is driven by a relentless passion for personal growth and leadership development. His goal is to transform individuals, small businesses, and corporations and help them reach their highest level of leadership through workshops and coaching. As a John Maxwell Company facilitator, Rick has implemented leadership development with Expedia, Aldi, Bombardier Aircraft, AFT – Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Telios and CSE, Inc.