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Promoting Modern Ag event is March 14

By Janet Kubat Willette

Date Modified: 03/15/2013 10:22 AM

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Winona County's second annual Promoting Modern Agriculture event is March 14.

The county's corn growers, pork producers and Farm Bureau joined last year to form Promoting Modern Agriculture, an effort to present a positive, proactive message about modern agriculture.

By acting together, the three groups were able to:

• Award five $1,000 scholarships.

• Host a farm tour with Minneapolis-based Next Level Foundation.

• Staff a booth at the Winona County Fair, where the Promoting Modern Agriculture powerpoint was displayed.

• Sponsor Loos Tales on a Winona radio station for one year.

• Buy an agricultural Book Bundle for a Winona County school library.

The March 14 event begins with registration, social time and heavy hors d'oeuvres at 6:15 p.m. followed by a program featuring remarks from one of the scholarship recipients, representatives from the corn growers and Farm Bureau and former Minnesota Viking John Swain of the Next Level Foundation. Orion Samuelson speaks at around 8 p.m.

Samuelson has been WGN Radio agribusiness director since 1960. He co-hosts The Morning Show with Max Armstrong. He also makes weekly appearances on the RFD-TV channel. He is also an author. His most recent book is "You Can't Dream Big Enough."

The event will be at Kryzko Commons at Winona State University. Tickets are $10 are are available from committee members or at the door.

Last year, about 400 people attended the event and the same number are expected this year.

A looping Powerpoint presentation will play. The Powerpoint features the farms who help sponsor the event.