Minnesota Canola Council's

Canola Symposium 2021

December 7, 2021
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9:30 a.m. Better Yield with Miravis Neo
Jason Snell, Syngenta - Chokio, MN
Jason was born and raised on a crop farm near Chokio, MN. He graduated from NDSU in 2002 with a B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management and began his career with Interstate Seed Company in canola hybrid screening and trialing. He moved to Syngenta in 2010 as an NK Seed Representative in west central MN and currently serves as an Agronomic Service Representative.
9:40 a.m. Growing Nexera Canola with Bunge
Taryn Olfert, Bunge - Altona, MB
Taryn is a Grain Marketing Specialist with Bunge. She started on the Bunge team in 2018, after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.S. in Commerce. She found her passion for agriculture growing up on a dairy farm in Southern Manitoba. She is committed to working with farmers by bringing forth marketing tools to increase their ROI on canola acres.
9:50 a.m. Be Confident in Winter Canola with 4 Easy Steps
Mick Miller, CROPLAN by WinField United - Fairfield, MT
Mick is a Forage and Oilseed Specialist with WinField United and the CROPLAN brand. Mick grew up on a family farm in North Central Montana where his family raised malt barley, wheat, canola, and hay. His passion of working and visiting with people has allowed him to be able to work “hands on” with farmers over the past 9 years.
10:00 a.m. Enhanced Flea Beetle Protections with Buteo Start Seed Treatment
Courtney Meduna, DEKALB - Minot, ND
Courtney is a Technical Agronomist for DEKALB/Bayer Crop Science based in Minot, ND. She earned a B.S. in Ag Economics and Animal Science from North Dakota State University.
10:10 a.m. Vercoras Seed Treatment
Russ Trischuk, BASF - Saskatoon, SK
Russ has been a BASF Technical Marketing Specialist since 2010. He also worked with BASF in the Research and Commercial Development group (‘06-’08). He also held positions at Dow AgroSciences, the University of Saskatchewan, and the National Research Council of Canada. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan.
10:20 a.m. Diverse Platforms & Protector Traits
Kristie Sundeen, Pioneer - Brocket, ND
Kristie is a Pioneer Field Agronomist for NE ND/NW MN. Previously, she was a Seed Advisor with BASF and a Field Sales Rep/US InVigor Sales Lead with Bayer. She also had her own crop consulting business (‘07–‘15). She grew up on a family small grain farm near Langdon. She earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and an Associate’s Degree in Agronomy from UM-Crookston.
10:30 a.m. Market Update from CHS
Andy Smith, CHS Inc. - Inver Grove Heights, MN
Andy graduated from the University of St. Thomas and has worked at CHS for 13 years. His career has covered various roles within the Ag Business department including trading, risk management, and accounting. Andy has worked within the oilseed product team for 3 years, and earlier this year assumed the role of Commercial Manager for the canola product line at CHS.
11:00 a.m. Canola Insect Pests to Scout for in 2022
Janet Knodel, NDSU - Fargo, ND
Janet is a Professor and Extension Entomologist at NDSU in Fargo. She has provided statewide leadership for Extension Entomology, the ND IPM Program, and coordinates/co-edits the NDSU Crop & Pest Report. Her extension outreach/applied research focuses on insect pests of field crops and IPM strategies for wheat, barley, canola, soybean, pulse crops, and sunflower.
11:30 a.m. Federal Ag Policy Update & Outlook
Tom Hance, US Canola Assn - Washington, DC
Tom has 24 years experience on Capitol Hill, including 13 with Gordley Associates. He served 4 years as Federal Policy Director and head of the DC office for Maryland’s Governor. He spent 7 years as a congressional aide, including 3 as Chief of Staff to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
1:00 p.m. 2021/22 Crop Market Outlook
Tom Lilja, Progressive Ag - Fargo, ND
Tom is a Market Analyst & Risk Management Specialist with Progressive Ag, assisting in portfolio risk management, combining crop insurance guarantees with forward contracting grain, and using futures/options. When ND Corn Growers Assn Executive Director, he secured $800,000 from legislature for the National Ag Genotyping Center site and $2 million for bio-fuel distribution.
1:45 p.m. Bridging Bench & Field in Soil-borne Fungal Pathogen Research:
                Developing Disease Management Tools
Megan McCaghey, University of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Megan is an assistant professor of Plant Pathology at UM. She has a Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Her UC-Davis postdoc work focused on grower-driven research in soil-borne fungal plant pathogens. Her research is centered on soil-borne fungi causing crop diseases. She wants to understand the ecology/epidemiology of soil-associated fungi and oomycetes and enhance crop disease resistance.
2:15 p.m. CPC Research Results in 2021
Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota - Roseau, MN
Dave is the Minnesota Canola Production Centre site agronomist. He has a B.S. in Agronomy from UM and Ph.D. from NDSU. He worked for BASF for 14 years in research, technical service, and market development. He also worked for Northland College as a Farm Business Management Instructor.
2:45 p.m. Congress 2022 - Gridlock or a Tidal Wave & What's Important to Ag?
Howard Olson, AgCountry Farm Credit Services - Fargo, ND
Howard is Sr. VP of Governmental & Public Affairs and is responsible for developing/implementing AgCountry’s local, state, and federal legislative strategy and implementation, management, and coordination of government relations, advocacy activities, and partnership development. He has a B.S. from NDSU and an M.S. from the University of Mary, Fargo.