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Slideshow: Event in Fargo, N.D., area offered innovations and solutions for agriculture.

Sarah McNaughton

June 16, 2023

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Gathering the best and brightest in any industry is no easy feat. But for farmers and tech buffs across the Midwest and beyond, a jam-packed week of ag technology awaited them at Midwest AgTech Week held in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., in early June.

Bushel, the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Grand Farm and others created a week full of education and connection.

The Midwest Ag Summit hosted by the chamber kicked off the events June 6. The summit held a panel discussion on navigating the farm bill, featuring former U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and Scott Brown, professor at University of Missouri Extension. Another panel discussed how environmental, social and governance issues apply to farm operations, with South Dakota producer Jared Knock.

Later that day, Grand Farm hosted a symposium on cybersecurity in agriculture, where a collection of technologists and agriculturalists covered how to keep the farm safe from threat agents. With recent legislation, North Dakota is one of the first states to ensure cybersecurity education is held in K-12 schools, in hopes of creating a skilled workforce for agriculture.

June 7 started with the Bushel Buddy Seat conference, held in the historic Fargo Theatre. The event focused on how farm experts can ride along in the “buddy seat” on the farm. Other topics included how artificial intelligence can play a role on your operation, how automation might add convenience to field work, and how key trends in agriculture might lead to changes on your farm.

A “shindig” was held that evening to let attendees talk and network with each other.

June 8 kicked off Grand Farm’s Cultivate conference, which showcased some of the newest ag-focused companies that aim to solve issues and create convenience for the ag industry.

Panel discussions included the economic health of agriculture, artificial intelligence and machine learning in agriculture, and how growers utilize tech on their farms. Startups such as AgVisorPro, Psigryph, Verigrain, Susterre and Habitere all pitched their solutions to the audience.

Click through the slideshow for an inside look at the events and companies featured during Midwest AgTech Week.

About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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