P.J. Fleck to deliver winning message at MN Ag Expo

Mark your calendars and get your playbook out. The annual MN Ag Expo returns in January 2024 and features a special guest who is sure to put the farming community in position to succeed in the year ahead.

Join the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) for the 2024 MN Ag Expo Jan. 17-18 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato. This year, corn and soybean leaders are excited to welcome University of Minnesota Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck as the keynote speaker during the Wednesday evening dinner.

“We are very excited to ‘Row the Boat’ with Coach Fleck at this year’s MN Ag Expo,” said MSGA Executive Director Joe Smentek. “As we join our industry partners and friends at Minnesota Corn to meet and plan our goals for 2024, we’re looking forward to hearing his uplifting message of leadership, teamwork and resiliency.”

Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck (right) is coming to MN Ag Expo to help Minnesota farmers execute their game plans for 2024.

Every year, Minnesota’s agriculture community gather at MN Ag Expo for two days of learning, networking and connecting with ag leaders. With nearly 100 booths, the sold-out trade show floor provides attendees the opportunity to explore various commodity groups, state agencies, agribusinesses, industry organizations, legislative speakers and guest speakers. And, with inspirational keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions, there is no limit to the knowledge farmers can take home to apply in their operations.

“MN Ag Expo is always an excellent event where we have the opportunity to interact with growers, influencers, researchers, and the public,” said MCGA President Dana Allen-Tully. “Connecting with MCGA members in person is a great way to understand the things that are important to corn growers so we can continue to advocate in their best interest.”

Expo After Hours

MSGA is holding its annual social fundraising event Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Loose Moose Saloon. This year’s vibe is “Expo After Hours.” For only $25, attendees can support MSGA’s political action committee – a program that directs funds toward legislative candidates who support farm-friendly policies – by visiting with directors, industry leaders and bidding on silent auction items. Tickets are available at the door or online.

“The ‘After Hours’ event has become one of our favorite parts of Expo,” MSGA Vice President Darin Johnson said. “It’s a chance for all of us to relax and get to know each other better outside of a business environment, and it’s for a good cause.” On Thursday, MSGA will also auction off a custom 2023 Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 Premium. For just $100, Expo attendees can enter for a chance to win (attendance at Expo isn’t necessary to win). Only 500 tickets are available and can be purchased by contacting the Minnesota Soybean office at 507-3881635. MSGA directors will also be selling tickets throughout MN Ag Expo.

Agriculture is a dynamic industry and MN Ag Expo, which co-sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, is the one-stop shop to remain up to date on the latest industry trends. Don’t miss Minnesota’s premier winter agriculture event – save the date today!

“Ag Expo is a highly anticipated event, bringing together key stakeholders in agriculture,” MSGA President Bob Worth said. “It’s an ideal chance to visit with my peers, learn about what’s happening within the industry and explain the timely state and national legislative updates that are important to Minnesota farmers. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.”

Registration for MN Ag Expo is now open.

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