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ASC – Animal Science Conference

when: 09.24.15  where: MinnWest Technology Campus

About ASC

Please join us on September 24, 2015 for the 5th Annual Animal Science Conference in the heart of the Midwest’s animal science business community to learn more today’s critical trends and topics. The informative daylong conference will feature expert speakers and panels covering the latest industry trends and encourage networking.

Attend to connect with experts in the areas of animal care, water quality, food integrity, finance, legislative affairs and public relations. If you’re an animal science entrepreneur, investor, producer, researcher or service provider to this sector, you are encourage to attend this unique, one-day event designed with your questions and concerns in mind.

Provisional Agenda as of 7.27.15

Registration and Networking: 8:00-8:30 am
Welcome Remarks & Conference Overview: 8:30 am
Representative Dave Baker (R) District: 17B

Kick-Off Session: Economic Outlook – The Same Trend but a Different Cycle: 9:00-9:45 am
Speaker: Michael Swanson, Senior Vice President, Agricultural Economist and Consultant, Wells

Session Description: US biofuels policy and increased exports allowed the US agricultural sector to grow at twice the rate of the general economy for the last ten years. The above average growth has slowed. Producers and their suppliers should carefully consider what their strategy will be in this environment.

Panel Session: Avian Flu- A Discussion on the Impact to the Industry & the Economy: 9:45-
11:00 am
* Moderated by: Steve Olson, Executive Director, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
* Brigid Tuck, Senior Economic Impact Analyst, University of Minnesota
* Dale Lauer, Assistant Director, Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Session Description: This session will feature some of the poultry industry’s key players based in the heart of the outbreak this past spring. You will hear an overview on the economic impact as well as some of the experiences that we can learn from and take forward as we approach the fall and the next possible cycle.

Networking Break 11:00-11:15 am

Panel Session: GMO/Non-GMO/Organic & Labeling – Perspectives Panel: 11:15 am-12:15 pm
* Moderated by: Daryn McBeth, GrayPlantMooty
* Meg Moynihan, Head of Organic Program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
* Christophe Pelletier, Global Food & Agriculture Strategist & Futurist
* Kate Leavitt, Director Soybean Sales, SunOpta
Session Description: This panel on GMO and organic supply chain integrity, logistics, and ingredients impacting the animal feed and science industry will offer perspectives on this relevant topic. Unlike the consumer labeling issue, this session will hone in on how this significant topic impacts our audience -producers and their stakeholders.

Update – Animal Science & Ag Industry Policy Updates: 12:15-12:30 pm
Speaker: Perry Aasness, Executive Director, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council

Networking Lunch 12:30-1:15 pm

Keynote Speaker- To be Announced Soon! 1:15-2:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Ag Workforce Hot Topics: 2:15-3:15 pm
* Ellen Mai, Research Associate, Wilder Foundation
* Michelle Falling, HR/Recruiter, LifeScience Innovations
* Mike Kutzke, Dean, Ridgewater College
Session Description: This session will begin with an overview from the Wilder Foundation on
demographics of the state’s workforce and trends, specifically focusing on out-state MN. We will then flow into a panel comprised of educators and industry Human Resources experts talking about the hot topics in this field such as immigration, succession planning, difficulty in recruiting and finding skilled workers, and creating successful partnerships between academic entities and industry. All of these issues are significant and in constant flux.

Networking Break 3:15-3:30 pm

Closing Session: Looking into the Future: 3:30-4:30 pm
Speaker: Christophe Pelletier, Global Food & Agriculture Strategist & Futurist, Author of “Future
Harvests” and “We Will Reap What We Sow”
Session Description: This session will start by looking at how future market developments will influence animal production. Christophe will present two different market dynamics: developed mature markets and emerging economies’ markets. This session will also highlight the influence of consumer demands on future production systems and how to communicate and connect with the consumers of the future. We will look at the impact of environmental and animal health issues on future production systems and various futures scenarios between the different animal protein productions and in particular future success sectors. Lastly, this session will focus on keeping ahead of competition through innovation and customer orientation and having a mindset for a successful future.

Conference Concludes

Some of the key topic areas covered include:

  • Economic outlook for the ag industry
  • Animal welfare
  • Food and consumer trends
  • Emerging trends and technologies
  • Policy and regulatory updates
  • Sustainability
  • GMO Labeling

Past speakers have included:

  • Temple Grandin
  • Charlie Arnot
  • Glenn Leitch
  • Dave Frederickson
  • Mitch Davis

In addition to the networking opportunities there are also numerous exposure opportunities through sponsorship. Contact us if your organization would like to support the event and get involved.

We hope to see you this fall at the Animal Science Conference!


Who Should Attend?
Animal Science industry representatives, early stage animal science companies, venture capitalists, angels and strategic investors, and others that are important to the success of this niche industry- such as business development, service providers, university representatives and economic development leaders.

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