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AASC – Ag & Animal Science Conference
when: 09.26.17 where: MinnWest Technology Campus Auditorium
In late September, many of the region’s top agriculture and animal science stakeholders will convene to discuss some of the industry’ s most pressing issues. A key objective is for participants to leave the conference as leaders with a unified voice and more information in your toolkit to share our story to consumers, policy makers, and the next generation. This one-day conference will feature thought-provoking speakers and stimulating conversation with your peers.
AG LEADERS WITH VOICES
At the 2016 event, active leaders in the Ag & Animal Science Community gathered during the afternoon to discuss and share ideas and experiences for the industry’s future in our region industry through an interactive group session led by facilitator Dr. Bruce Miles. After reviewing essential research summaries, conference participants worked in guided small groups to develop specific action plans for change around these important topic areas:
- Animal welfare
- GMO labeling
- Perception overall of industry – including consumer perception
- Policy and regulatory issues
- Sustainability/Feeding the World (What responsibility does our industry have?)
A key theme that emerged from this 2016 session across the topic areas is Growing Leadership.
- Who will step up?
- Who will say the hard things?
- If the extremists have a loud voice, then we need to be louder.
This is our focus for 2017. The responsibility is on us as an industry, as partners, as leaders. As the saying goes, “A rising tide raises all boats.”
- Voice: Industry businesses need the confidence and support to lead the way in speaking out and be heard
- Message: Our message must be unified across all ag segments in order to gain momentum and lead consumer perception
- Youth: Our youth need opportunities to start learning early, see the opportunities in ag and become our future industry leaders
- Policy Makers: The policy makers who DO support us must be armed with the tools & information to provide positive leadership in their areas of influence