Farmfest Forums Highlight Election Year and Farm Bill Discussions – Agweek

MORGAN, Minn. — Demonstrations, policy forums and a new “networking lounge” are on the agenda for the annual Farmfest Minnesota agricultural show.

Farmfest 2022 will take place August 2-4 at the site between Redwood Falls and Morgan in Redwood County.

Farmfest has become known for its Minnesota political candidate forums, headlined this year by the state’s gubernatorial candidates, with incumbent Democrat Tim Walz being challenged by Scott Jensen as the endorsed Republican nominee. This forum will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday 3 August.

There will also be a Forum for Congressional Candidates, one at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 for the 1st District which covers southern Minnesota, followed by another at 10:30 a.m. for candidates from the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th Districts in cover agricultural issues. In the 1st District, Republican Brad Finstad and Democrat Jeff Ettinger are running for the seat previously held by Jim Hagedorn, who died earlier this year.

“This is a very intriguing list of candidate forums, and the forums come at a good time, given that Minnesota’s statewide primary and special elections in the First Congressional District are taking place. the following week,” Farmfest forum coordinator Kent Thiesse said in a statement. Release.

Other forums include the Ag Outlook Forum, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday; a discussion on the Farm Bill on Tuesday, August 2 at 1:15 p.m.; and “Making the Most of Federal Farm Programs” at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 3.

Farmfest’s Niki Jones also highlighted the number of events this year, which she says are always popular with attendees.

Ziegler Ag Equipment will have a few gear available to ride or drive and Can-Am will have UTVs and ATVs available to ride. Kibble Equipment will be doing technology demonstrations and there will be a few spray drones flying around.

Then there are things like Upper Midwest farm safety and food safety demonstrations and seed plots.

“We have a ton of demos and things to do and see this year,” Jones said.

Farmfest draws thousands of visitors to Redwood County, Minnesota during the first week of August.

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New this year is what Jones calls the “Networking Lounge,” a tent with drinks, snacks, and live music from noon to 4 daily.

“We just thought it would be nice to have a space where people could sit and chat and connect,” Jones said. “It’s kind of a fun chill out space away from the seriousness of some of the other discussions that might be going on.”

Another mainstay of the show is the announcement of Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year on Thursday August 4th.

The 2022 finalists are Dawn Breitkreutz from Redwood Falls, Nancy Hinricher from Pipestone, Karen Kasper from Owatonna, Emily Ponwith from Cleveland and Kristin Reiman-Duden from Princeton.

A full schedule of events can be viewed on the Farmfest website.

Farmfest was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Jones said 2021 attendance was about the same as 2019.

“We thought it was pretty good,” Jones said, noting that many events haven’t quite rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

With nearly 400 exhibitors, it’s one of Minnesota’s largest agricultural events.

“It’s starting to become a tradition for families in this area to attend Farmfest,” Jones said.

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