GroundBreakers Conference

AgStar’s 3rd annual GroundBreakers Conference was held February 11th and 12th at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. This educational event for young, beginning and small farmers gave 275 attendees the opportunity to hear the latest on industry news and trends, learn about succession and transition planning and participate in discussion topics directly relating to their operation.

“Enjoyed the time! Dr Boehlje was an excellent speaker,” one participant said. Speakers included Dr. Michael Boehlje, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Randy Cook, FSA Director of District 1 in Barron County, WI, Cathy Olson and Al Bennett, business consultants from Lookout Ridge Consulting and Tim Gard from Tim Gard International.

President and CEO of AgStar, Paul DeBriyn, attended and spoke briefly to participants on Friday. He was interviewed by different media sources such as Tom Rothman from the Minnesota Farm Network. Listen to Tom Rothman’s interview with Paul DeBriyn.

“I really appreciated this seminar, not only for the speakers, but also for the chance to network with other beginning farmers,” one participant said. Watch the video to hear what three participants had to say about AgStar’s Groundbreakers Conference.

“Very helpful conference! Thank you!” an attendee commented. This conference was offered free of charge to AgStar clients thanks to a generous grant from the AgStar Fund for Rural America.