Monthly Luncheon: Impact of the New Administration

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Monthly Luncheon

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March 20, 2018 11:30 AM - 1 PM CDT

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$35 - $75
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ACG Minnesota invites you to join us at our March monthly luncheon with our featured speakers, Blois Olson, Founder/Principal of Fluence Media and Brad Finstad, USDA State Director of Rural Development as they discuss the volatility in media and politics.

Blois is the founder and principal of Fluence Media, a high-stakes media consulting and content creation company. In addition to Fluence Media, Blois can be heard on WCCO radio a Dave Lee where they discuss political
nd is a daily guest on WCCO radio's Morning Take with and public affairs at the local, state and national level. Blois has provided analysis on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the New York Times, Newsweek, Newsweek-Asia, Agence Presse France and is a regular contributor to "Almanac: and "At Issue".

 

Brad Finstad, as State Director, oversees approximately 75 employees located in 12 offices throughout the state. He supports the mission of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett by working with local partners and stakeholders throughout Minnesota to leverage resources and continue serving rural America. A fourth generation resident of the New Ulm, MN area, Brad Finstad is no stranger to rural America and the importance of continuing its prosperity. Prior to this role, Brad was agriculture staff to Congressman Mark Kennedy and served three terms as a State Representative for District 21B in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Speakers

Blois Olson

Blois Olson

Fluence Media

Brad Finstad

USDA Rural Development
USDA State Director

As State Director, Finstad oversees approximately 75 employees located in 12 offices throughout the state. He supports the mission of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett by working with local partners and stakeholders throughout Minnesota to leverage resources and continue serving rural America.

 

A fourth generation resident of the New Ulm, MN area, Brad Finstad is no stranger to rural America and the importance of continuing its prosperity.

 

After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agriculture Education with emphasis in Rural Leadership Development, Finstad began his career in the Human Resources department for Christansen Family Farms, introducing him to “real people, the real world and agricultural production.” From there, Finstad’s career took him on a whirlwind of rural government, policy, and legislative service spanning more than 20 years. Starting with a brief role as Area Director with the Minnesota Farm Bureau, to agriculture staff for Congressman Mark Kennedy, to three terms representing District 21B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and most recently serving as Executive Director of the Center for Rural Policy Research. Finstad has spent his career serving the interests of rural communities.

 

Finstad shares his passions with wife Jaclyn, whom he proudly will tell you he first met on the school bus in second grade. Brad and Jaclyn have seven children. In partnership with extended family, they operate a family farm that has been around for generations

 

USDA provided nearly $110 million in Fiscal Year 2017 to help improve access to health care services, including resources and equipment to help address the opioid crisis, for over 50,000 people in rural communities throughout Minnesota. Over the past three years, USDA has invested more than $2.2 billion across more than 40 programs for rural communities throughout Minnesota.

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