Ag Summit 2019

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | Holiday Inn Conference Center, Austin, MN

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Dean ForemanThe Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology at Riverland Community College is pleased to announce that the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Chief Economist Dr. R. Dean Foreman will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Ag Summit in Austin, MN on March 19. Dr. Foreman specializes in energy and global business. With a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida, he came to API from Saudi Aramco Strategy & Market Analysis in Dhahran, where he managed short-term market monitoring and the long-term oil demand outlook. Foreman has more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate strategic planning, forecasting, finance / risk management and regulatory policy at ExxonMobil, Talisman Energy and Sasol North America.

The theme for the 2019 Ag Summit is “Ag, Food, Science and Energy”.

This summit is a celebration and coming together of the energy, people, and ideas that are propelling the Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology forward. Forward in ways that are building a base for even more good things to come.

Similar to the way our college and programs are innovating we will learn about innovation and how it moves into places to help people with their needs. Riverland is improving our community and our world by innovating and providing “Best in Class” programming and instruction.


2019 Ag Summit Speakers

Tom Petersen

Thom Petersen
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Thom Petersen lives on a horse farm near Pine City. Before being appointed Commissioner, Petersen served as Director of Government Relations for Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) since 2002, working on behalf of farmers in both Washington, D.C. and St. Paul. He has a wide range of experience in state and federal farm policy.

Randal Doyal

Randall Doyal
Chief Executive Officer, Al-Corn Clean Fuel

A 35-plus year veteran of the bio-fuel industry, Randall Doyal began his career in ethanol in 1982 with Mountain Development Corporation as a cooker and continued on to his current position as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont.

Jerry Demmer

Jerry Demmer
Freeborn County Farmer

Currently in his fifth decade of farming, Jerry Demmer owns and operates a farm near Clarks Grove. As a member of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, he traveled to China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines on trade missions, and saw firsthand the value of international trade.

Trish Harren

Trish Harren
Mower County Administrator

Trish Harren brings 15 years of government knowledge and experience to her new position with Mower County. She spent her childhood in Alaska where her family was part of an effort to grow the agriculture industry despite legislative challenges, intense but short growing seasons, long routes to market and poor roads to get there.





dani heiny

Dani Heiny

Diversity Officer; Director of Strategic Partnerships
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