REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — The farm bill will be a main focus of discussion at the 2023 Farmfest, the annual agriculture show near Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
Farmfest runs from Tuesday, Aug. 1, to Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Gilfillan Estate, 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls. The show uses 50 acres of land to showcase products, services and technologies from over 500 exhibitors and vendors.
Farmfest traditionally features panels and debates on farm policy and political races. This is not an election year, but it is a year when
and Congress has been debating changes to the main piece of legislation on agriculture and nutrition programs.
Robert Bonnie, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of Agriculture will provide the keynote address for a feature forum titled: “The New Farm Bill and USDA Ag Policy Issues” on the first day at 10:30 a.m.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will also be present for this forum. The forum panel will include leaders of national and state farm organizations: Scott Vanderwal, American Farm Bureau vice president; Rob Larew, National Farmers Union president; Tom Haag, National Corn Growers Association president; Lori Stevermer, National Pork Producers Council president-elect, and
This forum will focus on the upcoming new farm bill and other national policy issues and programs that are administered through USDA, according to Kent Thiesse, Farmfest educational forum coordinator.
Wednesday will feature a U.S. House Ag Committee Farm Bill Listening Session, hosted by Congressman G.T. Thompson, Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The listening session runs from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. There will be opportunities to hear from the U.S. House Ag Committee leadership, as well as to make comments to the committee on issues related to the farm bill.
The forums will be held in the Wick Buildings Forum and Education Center:
U.S. Ag Exports and Trade Policy, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
The New Farm Bill and USDA Ag Policy Issues, 10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Understanding and Implementing “Climate-Smart” Practices and Policies, 1:15 – 2:40 p.m.
Farm Bureau Ag Outlook Forum, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
U.S. House Ag Committee Farm Bill Listening Session, 9:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Perspectives on Minnesota Ag and Rural Policy Issues, 1:10 – 2:45 p.m.
Women in Ag Event and Presentation of Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year Award, 10:45 – 11:50 a.m.
Other highlights include the Minnesota Farm Bureau pancake breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. on Wednesday and the University of Minnesota Farm Family of the Year Recognition Program from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Thursday, and livestock programs at the Livestock Tent.
A full schedule can be found at
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