Farmfest begins Aug. 7 at Gilfillan Estate

Features four candidate forums

GILFILLAN ESTATE — IDEAg Farmfest 2018, Minnesota’s largest outdoor farm exhibit, opens at Gilfillan Estates, on State Highway 67, northwest of Morgan, Aug. 7-9.

Four political candidate forums will be held during the event, including a forum for all of the candidates for governor.

Forums begin in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center with a talk on world trade and it’s impact on U.S. supply and demand at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Cenex Harvest States (CHS) Hedging Risk Consulting Services Director Kent Beadle will provide information and insights on how global trade influences corn, soybean and livestock prices. In addition, strategies will be provided that growers may employ to mitigate risk.

A U.S. Senate Candidate Forum with U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D), State Sen. Karin Housley (R), Richard Painter (D) and Bob Anderson (R). begins at 10:30 a.m.

Pig races in the Farm Bureau Pavilion start at 11 a.m. A quick, clean, fresh cooking demonstration follows at 11:30 a.m.

The free Minnesota Corn Growers sweet corn feed starts at 11:45 a.m. in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. Singer/songwriter Ava Hanson joins the Linder Farm Network Noon Show.

A Kids’ Pedal Pull begins at 1 p.m. in the new Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion.

A 1:15 p.m. Congressional Candidate Forum on agriculture and rural issues includes:

• First District Republican candidates Jim Hagedorn and Carla Nelson and Democrat Dan Feehan.

• Second District Democrat Angie Craig.

• Sixth District Republican Congressman Tom Emmer and Democratic challenger Ian Todd.

• Seventh District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson and Republican challenger Dave Hughes.

A forum on Farm Succession Planning begins at 3 p.m. with Chad Lea of Farm Bureau Financial Services.

The BioDiesel Pull-Off begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Redwood Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m.


On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Pancake Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. in the Wick Building Farmfest Center. A grain and market livestock update with Mark Shultz of Northstar Commodities follows at 9 a.m.

The Minnesota Governor Candidate Forum starts at 10:30 a.m. with:

• Former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Republican Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.

• Democratic U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Minnesota Rep. Erin Murphy.

Minnesota Viking All-Pro linebacker Chad Greenway will meet the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Tent.

A forum on public concern and landowner implications of protecting Minnesota water resources starts at 1:15 p.m. with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Minnesota Agricultural Resource Coalition Executive Director Warren Formo, Minnesota Sen. Bill Weber, Minnesota Farmers Union Government Relations Director Thom Peterson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Amber Hanson Glaeser.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Ketelsen and a panel will discuss Minnesota’s 20 percent Biodiesel Blend Mandate. Panelists are Minnesota Rep. Paul Anderson, Mike Youngerberg of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Ron Jessen of CHS Refined Fuels.


At 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, a panel of University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Agriculture staff will discuss resources for farm families in challenging times.

A U.S. Senate Candidate Forum begins at 10:30 a.m. with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) Minnesota Rep. Jim Newberger (R).

A University of Minnesota Farm Family of the Year Recognition Program beings at 1:15 p.m.

Admission is $8 online and $10 onsite. Teens 17 and under are free.

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