Farmfest begins its three-day run Tuesday near Redwood Falls in southern Minnesota. “There will be close to 500 exhibitors at Farmfest and you’ll be able to see the latest and greatest in machinery and technology,” said Kent Thiesse, forum coordinator. “The forums focus on the big issues and we think we have a great lineup this year.” The lead-off forum will look at U.S. agriculture policy. Panelists include former USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey and Representatives Michelle Fischbach, Jim Hagedorn and Tom Emmer. “The four of them will be joined by national farm leaders including American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew, Bill Gordon who is a farm operator from southern Minnesota and chairs the American Soybean Association board, and Dave Preisler, the CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.” Red River Farm Network farm broadcaster Don Wick will moderate the forum.
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