Networking Round Tables2018 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.


2018 Conference Itinerary Below

2018 Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference

June 18 9:00 a.m. Registration Begins
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10 a.m. So, you want to be a top leader? – Nathan Jamail, Best-Selling author and speaker

Great leaders and coaches cultivate thriving cultures and inspire their teams to become top performers. In Jamail’s workshop, you will dig into what the greatest leaders and coaches believe; their mindset, their coaching skills, and their leadership activities.

As an emerging leader, it is imperative you develop skills that allow you to be the best leader possible today in order to reach the top performance you seek in the future. Great leaders serve those they follow and coach those they lead.

What does it mean to be coachable? How do you ask for feedback? Nathan will help answer these questions and more in order to help you be the person your boss and organization count on and the one your future employees will fiercely follow.

Getting ahead and achieving great success is built on simple ideas- but make no mistake it is not easy to achieve for everyone.  It takes humility, discipline, desire, and a true commitment to one’s self, those you lead, and those you serve.


            Creating a Thriving Culture

Lead-in the Middle

Serving UP & Coaching Down

How to Develop and Master Your Skills & Attributes

Winning Matters

11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. So you want to be a top leader – continued
1:30 p.m. Break
2 p.m. Discover Your Superpowers with Strengthscope! – Mark Jewell and John Anderson, Mark Jewell Speaking and Training

What types of roles and responsibilities are naturally energizing? What tasks suck the life right out of you? It’s time to find out! In this session, Mark Jewell and Jon Anderson will walk you through your own personal Strengthscope assessment to help you identify your personal energizers and how you can use them to experience more personal fulfillment, productivity and happiness – wherever your career path leads!

4 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Networking Round Robin

Designed as an opportunity for attendees to develop networking skills, the networking round robin will provide an opportunity to initiate relationships with individuals within your identified areas of interest that may open doors to future mentorships, internships or a career.

6 p.m. Networking Meal
June 19


6:30-7:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Off-site Tours
12:30 p.m Lunch at Hotel
1 p.m Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Genetics: Convincing the public to embrace the future of farming. – Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer and author.

Gene Editing has the potential to transform agriculture – as well as medicine. But will we let it?

 2 p.m. Consumer Panel: Seek first to understand, then to be understood – Moderator – Michael Specter

Evolving consumer preferences influence on-farm practices every day. Whether it is food labeling, emerging technologies, or common industry practices – the science is saying we CAN but consumers are asking SHOULD WE. Stephen Covey said, “We must seek first to understand; then to be understood.” Through this discussion with a diverse cross-section of consumers, we will be doing just that – seeking to understand.

 3:30 p.m.  Break
 4 p.m. Adversity: It’s All in the Eyes of the Beholder – Matt Stutzman, Paralympic archer

Matt Stutzman is a two-time Paralympian having won a Silver Medal at the 2012 London Games, in 2015 he set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD by hitting a target at 310 yards, in the summer of 2017 he won the US National Target Championship, shooting against able-bodied archers, he was recently named to the US Able-bodied Archery Team for the 2018 season and is the proud father of three young boys. Matt is also a car enthusiast who regularly repairs and flips cars. And by the way, he has done all of this despite being born without arms.

 5 p.m. Second Harvest Heartland Service Opportunity

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

– Mahatma Ghandi

Second Harvest Heartland believes no one should ever go hungry, as our region produces more than enough food for everyone. Helping hungry neighbors find their next meal—so they can thrive at work, in the classroom, and in their communities—is what drives Second Harvest Heartland, its partners, and supporters. Second Harvest Heartland’s mission is to end hunger through community partnerships.

 8 p.m. Supper at Hotel
 8:30 p.m. Dr. Jim Wand – Hypnotist

After a long day of learning and engagement, it’s time to relax and have some fun!  Dr. Jim Wand is the founder and owner of Wand Enterprises, The Hypnosis Agency representing hypnotists, mentalists, ventriloquists, comedians, and magicians. He has been involved in the field of hypnosis for over 30 years. Dr. Wand has a BS in Psychology, an MS in Counseling and a Doctorate in Philosophy.  He has over 11,000 professional engagements to his credit and is considered to be one of the top hypnotic entertainers in the world today.

June 20 7 -8 a.m.  Breakfast
 8 a.m. Why lies travel fast and consumers aren’t stupid – Donna Moenning, senior program manager Look East PR

Compelling narratives and visuals fueled via social media widen the gap between those who produce food and those who consume it. This creates uncertainties for consumers and communication challenges for those who advocate. In a world where the scary stuff is always easier to believe, how can consumers make sense of complex information related food and farming? As agriculture advocates, we are constantly challenged to operate in this complex environment.

 11 a.m. Closing Comments


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.