South Central College Ag Symposium

South Central College to Host 7th Annual Ag Symposium

South Central College will hold its 7th annual Ag Symposium Thursday, Feb. 12, at the SCC Campus in North Mankato. This year’s symposium, “New Tools for New Rules: An Agricultural Symposium” is presented by CHS and CHS Foundation.

Billed as a regional professional development opportunity for all agricultural producers, New Tools brings world-class speakers for a day of cutting-edge presentations and discussion.

The symposium will benefit today’s agricultural producers, who are adapting to a landscape that shifts nearly as fast as any in business. Farmers are expected to be economists, commodity specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation logisticians, managers and more, and they take their cues from their business executive peers.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), through the soybean checkoff, is a sponsor of the annual SCC Ag Symposium.

Cost for the one-day symposium is $99 (early bird rate) and $119 for those who register after Feb. 5. All proceeds from New Tools for New Rules support ag scholarships, program advancement and general Foundation needs at South Central College, North Mankato Campus. Lunch is included in the ticket price.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Michael Swanson, a returning favorite, and Robert Craven and David Horsager, who are new to the platform this year.  They will share their expertise regarding new rules facing 21st century ag producers.

Swanson, Ph. D., is an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, his responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs. Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo’s customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness.

Craven is an Extension Economist, Farm Management and Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management. Areas of specialty include business management for farmers and credit analysis for agricultural lenders with emphasis on financial planning and analysis. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK. He also has worked to develop the crop marketing programs at the Center, i.e., “Winning the Game” series of workshops. He also played a key role in the development of the National Risk Management Education Library.

Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. David has delivered life-changing presentations on five continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security.

SCC is home to one of Minnesota’s most respected agriculture programs. Long recognized as leaders in Agribusiness, Ag Management and Ag Service, SCC’s ag programs have been preparing men and women to be the best in their respective disciplines since the early 1960s. Statistical data collected by the college’s Farm Business Management program is often cited by ag authorities across the state and nation. So, how best to leverage this reputation and expertise for non-students?  The 7th Annual South Central College Ag Symposium fits the bill.

For more information, contact Tami Reuter at 507-389-7342. For tickets, visit and click on the registration link or call 507-389-7203.