This morning began with a welcome from Mike Liepold and Bill Mulso. Mike gave and overview of the agenda for the day. Bill explained the process for selecting a new MARL executive director.

The first guest presentation was from Al Withers and Sue Knott with the Minnesota Ag in the classroom program. Our class learned a little about the history of the grogram, received materials including Ag Mags, and participated in some classroom activities developed by the program. Each class, eight members were challenged to hold one ag literacy event in a k-12 classroom before June 2015. I think it’s safe to say I will not be doing the egg activity! ☺

The class then broke up into groups to discuss the assigned readings: USDA Ag Statistics, The EQ Edge and the Art of Focused Conversation.

Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Assistant Commissioner Matt Wohlman presented to the group during lunch. Dave answered issues – related questions from the group.

There were four site visits the group went to after hearing from Dan Pfarr. These sites were: Midtown Global Market, Hmong Village, The Bridge for Youth & Alliance Housing. Following the visits the group debriefed at Mai Village.

Dinner at Mai Village was hosted by AURI Guests and MARL alumni were in attendance and the group had a chance to network & learn more about AURI.

The class finished the day with a tour of the Capitol hosted by Rep. Paul Torkelson, Rep. Jeanne Poppe, Tom Peterson and Rep. Marty Seuffert.




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