Minnesota Farm Bureau LEAP Conference

January 25-26, 2019

Radisson Blu - Mall of America - Bloomington, MN

The 2019 MFBF LEAP Conference is designed to provide leadership and advocacy training for all Farm Bureau members. The conference is planned and hosted by the Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committees. 


Keynote Speaker: Mark J. Lindquist

Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours

As working professionals, we could all use a little jolt from time to time. This session may be the only time all year when you take a moment to reflect on the things you need to do to reignite the passion that brought you into agriculture in the first place. World-touring entertainer and actor Mark J. Lindquist offers a keynote that is as entertaining as it is enlightening as he sends you out the door on fire.


Track 1: Minnesota Capitol Experience - Spend the day at the Minnesota State Capitol and experience the process of a bill becoming law. Participants will get the chance to become part of a mock session and get a tour of the Capitol.

Track 2: 

  • Understanding GMOs and Seed Science - Valerie Bayes, Monsanto
  • How to Host an On-the-Farm Event - Panel Discussion
  • Railroad 101 - Lydia Bjorge, BNSF Railway
  • Antibiotics and Animal Health - Randall Singer, University of Minnesota
  • Trade with Canada, What We Need to Know - Steve Buchta, Canadian Consulate
  • Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge - Team Future Generations, Beltrami County and Ann Marie Ward, Beltrami 4-H Coordinator
  • Lessons in 60 Minutes - Valerie Bayes, Monsanto
  • Using Social Media to Promote Agriculture and You! - Don Schindler, Reputation Coach and Digital Marketer
  • Things to Know if You are a Beginning Farmer - David Weinand, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Resource Course/Make and Take Session

Pre-Conference Tours

  • The Bell Museum: The Bell Museum, formerly known as the “James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History,” is located at the University of Minnesota. The museum which opened at its new location on the St. Paul campus last summer, includes the world-renowned Minnesota wildlife dioramas and numerous animal specimens from all over the world. The museum is part of the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center: Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. This facility consists of four outdoor natural grass fields, an outdoor artificial turf mini-stadium and an indoor artificial field. On this tour, you will learn how the Minnesota Vikings turf crew maintains a safe natural grass playing surface. Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom will be on hand to share connections between agriculture, sports and K-12 classrooms. (Tour cancelled if Vikings make it to the Super Bowl.)

Conference Details

January 25-26, 2019

Friday, 11 a.m. - Saturday, 9 p.m.

Registration Deadline

January 15, 2019



LEAP Conference Sponsors


Executive Sponsors

Enbridge Energy, LLC

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council


Choice Sponsors



Friend of Agriculture Sponsors

Gislason & Hunter, LLP


Patron Sponsors



General Sponsors

Hewitt Precision Insights - Beck's Hybrids