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Growing Agriculture Through Trade and Technology

2019 Ag Chairs Summit
July 15, 2019
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Imperial 5-7-9

The Protein Highway | Christina Connelly, Consulate of Minneapolis
How Manitoba Attracted a Billion Dollars in Private Investments! | Minister Ralph Eichler, Manitoba
Gene Editing and Agriculture | Gene Harrington, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Texas Knows Agriculture Needs Broadband | Representative Doc Anderson, Texas

Growing Agriculture Through Trade and Technology Session Summary


Charles "Doc" Anderson

Texas House of Representatives

Doc Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. Representative Anderson was first elected to the house in 2004. Anderson also serves as Chairman of the Texas Legislative Rural Caucus. [node:read-more:link]

Christina Connelly

Trade Commissioner
Consulate General of Canada

Christina Connelly has served as Trade Commissioner for Agri-Food at the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis since 2014, where her role is to facilitate trade and investment opportunities between Canada and the US-Upper Midwest in agriculture and food. Previously, Christina worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for seven years managing international trade programs and bioenergy policy efforts. [node:read-more:link]

Gene Harrington

Director, State Govt. Affairs

Gene Harrington joined BIO as Director of State Advocacy and State Government Affairs for Food and Agriculture in 2015. He previously served as Vice President of Government Affairs of the National Pest Management Association. [node:read-more:link]

Ralph Eichler

Department of Agriculture

Ralph Eichler was first elected as the MLA in 2003. In 2016, he was sworn in as Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture. Ralph is the former owner and operator of Prairie Farm and Ranch Supply, and currently owns Ray’s Auction Service. He has been a board member of SARL for more than a decade. [node:read-more:link]


Don Brown

Director, Govt. Relations

Don Brown has worked for Cargill for 18 years, the last 7 as Director of Government Relations. Prior to that he works as a tax counsel on state and local taxes for Cargill. Deloitte & Touche and the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue. [node:read-more:link]