South Central College Hosts 10th Annual Ag Symposium on January 30

South Central College will host the 10th Annual Ag Symposium, "New Tools for New Rules," presented by the SCC North Mankato Campus Foundation and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Scheduled for January 30, South Central College holds the event each year to address the constant changing needs of the modern producer.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will follow starting at 8:30 a.m. South Central College, located at 1920 Lee Boulevard in North Mankato, MN will host the event in its John Votca Conference Center. New this year, a half-day session geared toward high school students will be held in SCC’s Heritage Hall in conjunction with the main symposium.  

The Ag Symposium focuses on financial operations, succession planning, tax planning, business management, and more. Keynote speakers this year include Dr. David Kohl (Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech), Chris Koch (Inspirational Canadian Farmer, born without arms and legs), and Mykel Taylor (Economist, Kansas State University). A panel discussion, “Fostering Your Relationship with your Ag Lender,” will feature Ahnna Compart, Compeer Financial, and Karen Wambeke, Bremer Bank.

The special half-day session for high school students will feature presentations by Dr. Kohl and Chris Koch, along with a panel discussion featuring SCC alumni and current Ag students, followed by a tour. “We plan to engage area high school students, introducing them to South Central College, and providing them with information about education for Ag careers and additional opportunities,” said Erin Aanenson, Executive Director, SCC North Mankato Campus Foundation.

South Central College (SCC) is home to one of Minnesota’s most respected Agriculture programs. Long recognized as leaders in Agribusiness, Ag Management and Ag Service, SCC’s Ag programs have been preparing students to be the best in their respective disciplines since the early 1960s. Statistical data collected by the college’s Farm Business Management program is often cited by Ag authorities across the state and nation. The 10th Annual South Central College Ag Symposium leverages this expertise for non-students.

Cost for the one-day symposium is $99 (early-bird rate) and $119 for those who register after January 19. Special funding is available for Veterans. All proceeds support Ag scholarships, program advancement, and general Foundation needs at South Central College, North Mankato Campus. Lunch is included in the ticket price. For more information and tickets, visit the Ag Symposium Webpage or call 507-389-7203.

There is no fee for the ½-day high school student session. Pre-registration is required. Please call 507-389-7497 for information about this session.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, CFS, CHS, Compeer, United Prairie Bank, Bremer Bank, Christensen Farms, CliftonLarsonAllen, Crystal Valley Cooperative, Blethen, Gage & Krause, ISG, Mosaic, MinnStar Bank, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota Pork Producers, Nu-Tech Seeds, South Central Center for Agriculture, Corporate Graphics, and Radio Mankato.