The Hemp Consortium presents the LqP Summer 2018 Summer Hemp Conference

July 23, 2018
Madison Minnesota
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This class is tailored to communities who want to invest in Industrial Hemp. Farmers, investors and government planners would benefit from the course.

We review farming and necessary changes to make your farm viable for hemp. Processing plants and acreage to supply a facility, legal issues, insurance, financing and more.

The class is more in-depth in order to help community leaders decide if they should take the next step.

Class schedule subject to change based on the needs of the community. If you don’t see a schedule that works for you, contact us and we will put a program together for your area.

Group discounts available.

$270 per person.

Register Now for “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” June 27-29, in Granite Falls

PJ is attending and we hope to see some local there!

We’ve recently confirmed three new outstanding speakers for our historic gathering in western Minnesota this summer which features some of the most knowledgeable people in the entire region on our demographic and economic disparities, and how to fix them.    Kevin Jensvold, Chairman of the Upper Sioux Community, will deliver our opening welcome on June 27, Diana Anderson, President of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, will open our proceedings on June 28, and Dr. Bruce Corrie, Director of the City of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development and co-founder of, will discuss the Shared Sustainable Prosperity framework and process.  Other speakers previously announced include:   Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin LindseyState Demographer Susan Brower; Cornelia Flora Butler, co-creator of the Community Capitals Framework and a highly respected expert in rural community development; Craig Helmstetter, managing director of the American Public Media Research Lab, and Tane Danger, (Growth & Justice board member) and his Theater of Public Policy troupe.    Participants in this event will help create a unifying “One Minnesota Equity Blueprint,’’ a new social contract that heals our divisions: the rural-metro divide, racial injustice, overall economic inequality and environmental degradation.   Registration options include participating as an official delegate in the six-month blueprint development, or as a general participant.   Please register now – space is filling up. Registration Fees, including meals, are $195 for the entire gathering or $100 for June 28 only. Some scholarships are still available to help cover registration, lodging, and travel for participants who commit to being an Equity Blueprint delegate. More information on “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” is available on our website.    Our partner in this event is, an organization focused statewide on building our “ethnic capital” and working toward racial equity in business and economic development.  Their motto — “Building Shared Sustainable Prosperity’’ — resonates strongly with our own mission statement.   Please spread the word, even if you cannot attend.

New Date!! Women in Agriculture Meeting – June 5

We are pleased to invite you to the first Women in Agriculture Meeting :

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
5:00-6:30 pm
Lac qui Parle County Annex Multi-Media Room
Madison, MN

Here is Your Chance to Learn and Share with other Women Involved in Agriculture!

This group is being formed for women in all aspects in agriculture

Light meal will be provided – and door prizes!

Contact the EDA at (320)598-7976 for questions.

Get Your Free Tickets to the Small Business Resource Expo

Looks like a great event. We wanted to share the opportunity…

We are back at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park for this event.

And we’re bringing back the free All Star Networking Bootcamp that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the adjacent hall. Three dynamic speakers will share their invaluable insights in how to be more effecting at networking and growing your business. More info is at

This is a boutique event designed to give maximum opportunity for you to get up close and have a meaningful conversation with some of the area’s top business professionals.

Since they are committed to working with businesses of all sizes, you know you will be welcome at their booths, whether you just starting or are established and face growing pains. They are looking forward to hearing about your challenges.

Some of our attendees come with a plan and seek out the exhibitor that might help solve a problems and then they leave. 20 minutes.

Most come for a longer period of time and gather some ideas that will help them grow their business, take on a new opportunity or just make their lives easier.

Whether you come for 20 minutes or spend the afternoon, the Small Business Resource Expo will be worth your while.

Those benefiting most from attending the Small Business Resource Expo are those who are:

  • Planning to hire
    • Planning to update your web site
    • Reviewing your vendors and suppliers or seeking competitive bids.
    • Interested in increasing sales
    • Developing a marketing plan
    • Bringing a patent to market
    • Developing a Prototype
    • Working on a business plan and are looking for numbers and ideas.
    • Looking for ideas on how to jump start your business.
    • Looking to expand your network of professional business advisors.
    • Expanding your business through social media, direct mail or other strategies.
    • Considering office space, executive-style or virtual office space.
    • Want to regain control of their financials.
    • Want to find the best telecommunication and internet solutions for them.
    • Help with HR, benefits and health insurance.

    And much more. All in under one roof.

    Stop by and visit with 50 B2B exhibitors, meet other small business owners and introduce yourself to new leads, contacts and future customers.

Don’t wait. Tickets will be $15 at the door, so reserve your ticket today!

See you on May 1!

Register For Free Expo Tickets HERE

2018 Worthington Bio Conference to focus on workforce & talent development – April 5-6

Worthington-Minnesota, USA – The 2018 Worthington Bio Conference starts the evening of April 5th with a social at the Worthington Event Center followed by conference keynote address by Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI). The Minnesota Commissioner of Labor and Industry is expected to share department programs and his vision for what the state of Minnesota can do to support local talent development and workforce training.

In addition to connecting with colleagues and businesses in the animal health and value-added agriculture, you will learn about emerging industrial hemp production and how it may offer growers another venue to generate income and create new opportunities. We are also going to hear from a group of students about their expectations as they enter the labor market, and what communities and employers need to offer for our new graduates to keep them engaged and to help them fulfill their career and professional goals.

On April 6th Dr. Tubon, from Madison Wisconsin, who is administering a national work training program, will kick off discussion involving attendees and representatives from industry professionals about their skilled labor needs. Learns about a private initiative to meet employers talent needs when Dr. James Guenther from Delgado College, New Orleans La and Dr. Kevin Simpson designed and implemented an employer driven training program. Dr. Sandra Porter of Washington State will share her insights with a presentation focusing on how we can build a power house for bio business and value-added agriculture in the region. While solar and renewable energy presentation by Great River Energy and University of Minnesota Extension is designed to share latest industry trends, inform, and highlight the economic potential the sector may bring.

Come join us, connect with business owners, investors, and leaders. Join your colleagues during this unique gathering to share, learn, and build relationships. We also want to connect with you, not just to highlight our core economic competencies, but to build support and new enduring business relationships.

The future in Minnesota is happening now, come see it and be part of it. For full program, to register, and for lodging and venue information check out

MN Renewable Energy Roundtable Focused on Renewable Chemicals – March 14

Looks like a promising event…

Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable
Renewable Chemicals
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
9:00 am-2:30 pm
St. Paul, MN 55114
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8:30 a.m.              Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 a.m.              Welcome and overview

9:20 a.m.              Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Toby Ahrens, National Program Leader, NIFA-USDA “Opportunities with NIFA”

10:05 a.m.           Sun Grant Panel

Moderator:  Dr. Vance Owens, Regional Director, North Central Regional Sun Grant Ctr., SDSU “Sun Grant Funding for Renewable Chemicals”


  • Gregg Johnson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Agronomy & Plant Genetics, Biomass Cropping Systems, Southern Research and Outreach Center-Waseca, University of Minnesota “Feedstock Development for Renewable Chemicals and Other Bioenergy
  • Goutham Vemuri, Chief Technologist, Sasya LLC “Developing Renewable Chemicals from Crop Residues from Biomass Sugars
  • Qi Hua Fan, Associate Professor, Depts. of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University “Energy Storage Options Using Renewable products

11:05 a.m.           Networking Break

11:20 a.m.           Bioeconomy Panel

Moderator:  Rod Larkins, Senior Director of Science and Technology, AURI


  • Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute, Lead Staff for Bioeconomy Coalition of MN
  • Eric Singsaas, Initiative Director-Wood Products and Bioeconomy, NRRI and Entrepreneur

12:05 p.m.           Lunch

12:55 p.m.           Highlight:  Entrepreneur in Renewable Chemicals

  • Dr. Goutham Vemuri, Vice President of Technology Development, Aemetis Inc.

1:15 p.m.             Financing and Technology Support Panel

Moderator:  Michael Sparby, Senior Project Strategist, AURI


  • Kevin Hennessy, Bioenergy Manager, Ag Marketing and Development Division, MN Department of Agriculture
  • Pat Dillon, Director, MN-SBIR, Minnesota Innovation and Commercialization Consortium; Minnesota High Tech Association

1:55 p.m.             Table Discussion

2:25 p.m.             Wrap Up