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

Mark has performed live for over three million people in 22 countries and 46 states throughout his career. He has performed for Grammy winning artists, Academy Award nominated actors, foreign dignitaries around the world.


Mark has shared the stage with former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Senator John McCain, Magic Johnson, Edward James Olmos, Grammy Award winning artists Rihanna, Brooks and Dunn and Brandy, Academy Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, The Band Perry, Craig Campbell, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker.


Throughout his entertainment career, Mark has performed for the Tuskegee Airmen, the Secretary of the Interior Gayle Norton, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Members of Congress, Sargent Shriver, Mia Hamm, Tony Stewart, Jordin Sparks, the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Giants (NFL), the Florida Panthers (NHL), the Washington Nationals (MLB), the NCAA, Universal Studios and The Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Europe.


Currently, Mark travels the country delivering keynote addresses. He also performs the National Anthem for collegiate and professional sports teams and is the full-time National Anthem singer for the National Champion University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey program as well as a guest performer for the College World Series, The Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Lynx, the NCAA Wrestling Championships and in venues such as Madison Square Garden.


Mark is a former AmeriCorps member, as well as a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

Conference Sessions

On Friday afternoon, conference tours will be held. The conference will kick off with a district social hour and an opening address from Mark J. Lindquist.


On Saturday, there will be three rounds of workshops ranging in topics from leadership, advocacy, education and promotion along with a Capitol Experience.


Saturday afternoon will have a “Resource Course” for Promotion & Education resources and a conference wide service project “Fill the Backpack.”


The LEAP Conference will also be the host to the preliminary rounds of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet.


The conference will conclude on Saturday night following the leadership banquet and entertainment hosted by the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Promotion and Education Committee.

Conference Details

January 25-26, 2019

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

Registration Deadline

January 15, 2019



2018 LEAP Conference Sponsors


Executive Sponsors

CHS Foundation

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council


Choice Sponsors

Christensen Farms

Compeer Financial


Friend of Agriculture Sponsors

Enbridge Energy, LLC

Gislason & Hunter, LLP

Minnesota Corn Growers Association


Patron Sponsors


Lindy Meadows, LLC

Olson Organics

Minnesota Beef Council


General Sponsors

AgCountry Farm Credit Services

Farm Bureau Financial Services

Krusemark Farms

Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center

Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council


Scott County Farm Bureau

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperatives

Sogge Tax Service

TASC Agri Plan

Wright County Farm Bureau