Livestock Industry and Academic Leaders Headline Midwest Farm Energy Conference Dinner

Midwest Farm Energy Conference
May 8, 2017

On June 13th and 14th, the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center will host the Midwest Farm Energy Conference.  The conference is designed to provide practical, research-based energy information to farmers and agricultural professionals.  As part of the conference, an evening dinner will be held at the Old Number One Southside in downtown Morris from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on June 13th.  The dinner will feature three highly-respected keynote speakers.   

The first speaker will be Dr. Barry Dunn, President of South Dakota State University.   Dr. Dunn will speak about the intersection of production agriculture, sustainable economic growth, and stewardship of natural resources.  He is a nationally recognized expert in beef production and ranching systems and has an extensive ranch and academic background.  After operating a successful ranching operation for 17 years near Mission, South Dakota, Dr. Dunn returned to South Dakota State University to earn his doctorate in Animal Science.  He served as an Extension Livestock Specialist and assistant professor in SDSU’s Department of Animal and Range Science from 1997 to 2004.  In 2010, Dr. Dunn was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Director of Extension and then 20th president of South Dakota State University in 2016.  One of Dr. Dunn’s greatest strengths is his ability to relate first-hand to the ranchers and farmers in South Dakota and the Midwest.         

The second speaker will be Dr. Brian Buhr, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Buhr grew up on a hog farm in Iowa and studied Agricultural Economics at Iowa State earning a PhD. in 1992.  That same year, Dr. Buhr joined the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor of Applied Economics.  Throughout his career, Dr. Buhr has worked directly with livestock producers and industry leaders to better understand markets and economics of livestock production.   His areas of expertise include:  food marketing; futures and options marketing; market structure and industrial organization; meat, livestock and dairy marketing; and supply chains.   Dr. Buhr will address the role of University research and education in addressing the grand challenge of feeding the world sustainably. 

The final keynote speaker is Mark Greenwood, Sr. Vice President of Relationship Management at AgStar Financial Services since 1997.  Mr. Greenwood is a highly respected swine financial expert.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  At AgStar, Mr. Greenwood oversees core markets, capital markets, trade credit and leasing, and supervises producer consulting teams.  He has given presentations on economic issues in the livestock protein industry in the U.S., South America, Europe, and Canada.  He will speak about the financial outlook in the swine industry especially related to the present and future of renewable and efficient energy systems in swine production.     

Register for the conference or to attend the keynote dinner.  The first day of the conference (June 13) will focus on dairy energy systems while the second day (June 14) will focus on swine energy systems.    There are options to attend two days or one day of the conference or the dinner. For more information, contact Esther Jordan or Mike Reese at (320) 589-1711.