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Farmfest Welcomes Gov. Dayton and Minnesota Congressional Candidates

Farmfest Welcomes Gov. Dayton and Minnesota Congressional Candidates

Annual gathering opens Tuesday with farm panel discussing "The Future of Farming" and Dayton addresses visitors at 1 p.m.

The 31st annual Farmfest is set to open Tuesday, August 7, at the Gilfillan Estate, seven miles southeast of  Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

Farmfest opens at 9 a.m. with a presentation on "The Future of Farming."

Following the panel, at 10:30 a.m. Tom Rothman with the Minnesota Farm Network will moderate the Congressional Candidates' Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues. Participating candidates include Congressman Collin Peterson (D-7), Lee Byber (R), Congressman Tim Walz (D-1), Mike Parry (R), Alan Quist (R), and Mike Obermueller (D).

Farmfest Welcomes Gov. Dayton and Minnesota Congressional Candidates

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will deliver this year's Keynote Address at 1 p.m. Tuesday with U.S. Senator Al Franken opening "The Renewable Fuel Standard...Fueling the Agricultural and Energy Industries" forum at 2:45 p.m.

In its third decade, Farmfest continues to connect industry leading manufacturers/providers with decision making producers. It is visited each year by more than 35,000 attendees with more than 600 vendors. The Farmfest Forums are developed by former University of Minnesota educator Kent Thiesse. Each year, thousands attend to hear from leaders in the field discussing topics national and state agricultural policy issues affecting rural Minnesota.

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