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Infographic with text "Building the 2023 Farm Bill: Demystifying the Process and Understanding What's In It; Forum: Virtual; Time: 12-1pm; Date: Wednesday, April 26th"

Farm Bill

Join us for a Thought Leadership session, lunch 'n learn style, where we will be joined by Perry Aasness, VP of Legislative Affairs at Compeer Financial to discuss the 2023 Farm Bill.  Learn more about the key issues Congress faces, the bipartisanship required to approve it by September 30th, and what may be new or different in this year's Bill. Come armed with questions, we're excited to see how this year's legislation will continue to support our communities on farms and across the country. Before attending we encourage you to read the attached Farm Bill primer so we can jump right into the discussion!  We will see you (virtually) on April 26th!

Infographic with text "Sustainability Summit - Naturally Network, April 12"

Sustainability Summit

Join us on April 12 for Naturally Network’s annual Sustainability Summit! Get updates on the state of sustainability, packaging innovation, celebrate and receive insights from brands that became Bcorp companies in 2022, network with speakers, and foster ideas that create better outcomes for ALL people and the planet.

Infographic with text "The Future is Franctional; Thursday, February 16th, 3-5pm, Finnovation Lab"

The Future is Fractional

Fractional Executives are emerging as a competitive advantage for scaling start-ups to leverage c-suite level expertise in a fractional capacity to accelerate growth and keep costs down. The Twin Cities' fractional talent marketplace in Food & Beverage is growing as many professionals are looking to translate their corporate experience to make an impact in the startup world. Join fractional talent experts and founders in a discussion about how we can all work better together to create more impact for our local food & beverage ecosystem!

Infographic with text "Naturally MN Winter Social: Enjoy some winter activities at Spirit Mountain Chalet in Duluth and a happy hour featuring local brands! Date: February 20; Time:10am-6pm; Location: Spirit Mountain and Malting Building at Cydle Ironworks"

Naturally MN Winter Social

Naturally MN Winter Excursion in Duluth!
You're invited! Naturally MN (fka Grow North) is having a family-friendly winter event (to embrace the outdoors like true Minnesotans!) on Monday, 2/20, President's Day. This event is for anyone who participates in the food and ag and natural products industry - i.e. farmers, entrepreneurs, service providers, retailers, and more! Folks will gather at Spirit Mountain Chalet in the morning for some skiing/snowboarding/tubing, and then end the day in Duluth at the Malting Building in Clyde Iron Works where we will host everyone for some hot food and drinks. Expect fun networking, connection, and a chance to meet with a number of northern Minnesotan brands who will be showcasing at the happy hour gathering!

Schedule for the day:
10 am - 3 pm Spirit Mountain Chalet for winter activities
4 pm - 6 pm - Happy Hour gathering with food and beverages, and a showcase of local brands. Location: Malting Building at Clyde Iron Works

Infographic with text "Expo West Minnesota Mingle: Connect with Minnesota's growing food startup and innovation community. March 9 at 4-6pm; Anaheim Convention Center"

Expo West Minnesota Mingle

Are you heading to Expo West?! Then join us for our 4th annual Minnesota Mingle! This is an opportunity to meet and connect with Minnesota's growing food startup and innovation community including founders, industry leaders, investors, retailers, and more. We encourage our Minnesota "ex-pats" to attend.

This year we will be gathering on the 2nd-floor balcony outside the MN Alley in the North Hall from 4-6 pm on Thursday, 3/9. We are excited to offer everyone a break from the heavy salty snacks intake and enjoy some heavier bites and beverages to send you off into the evening. A huge thanks to our sponsors for the event - Lazard Middle Market and the MN Department of Ag. Hosted appetizers and one complimentary drink per guest will be provided courtesy of them!

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