Everyone is impacted by agriculture, especially in North Dakota, which is why an event coming to Lake Region State College June 28 is geared to the entire Lake Region community.

Everyone is impacted by agriculture, especially in North Dakota, which is why an event coming to Lake Region State College June 28 is geared to the entire Lake Region community.

Damian Mason, a renowned speaker on the current and future state of agriculture will be the keynote at the Farm to Plate, We Educate event at Lake Region State College June 28, 2018. The event is the first in what is hoped to be an annual gathering to celebrate agriculture’s impact on the region, said Preston Sundeen, Director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center and LRSC Precision Ag program in Devils Lake. “This is an opportunity for the entire region to celebrate and learn more about the world of agriculture, whether you are a producer, consumer, in agribusiness, or simply want to learn more on the integral impact agriculture has on a personal and broader level,” Sundeen said.

Mason’s presentations on agriculture: Trends, Topics & Tomorrow (The “F” Words of Agriculture) – gives an insightful and entertaining look at current issues impacting the business of food, fuel and fiber. Mason is touted to be “not a funny guy who speaks to ag audiences, but an ag guy who happens to be funny”. The event will be held in the LRSC Dining Room. A plot tour will be open to the public starting at 4 p.m. at the Dakota Precision Ag Center 40-acre student test field located north of LRSC by NDTC. A social will start after the plot tours at 5:00 pm with a 6:00 pm dinner in the LRSC Dining Room. Attendees will see a presentation on ag mobile applications by Ryan Raguse, co-founder and Chairman of Myriad Mobile and Bushel. Raguse specializes in getting ideas and technology off the ground. Myriad Mobile, founded in 2011, is focused on helping businesses and organizations solve problems through inventive technologies and platforms, including Android, iOS, Web, API integrations, virtual reality, beacons, IoT and wearables.

Bushel, launched in 2017, is the grain industry's first automated mobile app platform that allows elevators and cooperatives to connect with their growers and provide real-time information via a mobile app. Be prepared for a fast moving, high energy, extremely entertaining program, Sundeen said. “Mason is part Ag Economist, part futurist with a heavy dose of comedian and the edge of a talk show host,” Sundeen said. The general public in our part of the world has a better understanding of agriculture’s impact compared to larger metropolitan/urban areas, said Damian Mason. “We are celebrating…. celebrating a great program at the college and celebrating an industry we all love so much,” Mason said. Damian Mason delivers a provocative yet positive look at the issues impacting contemporary agriculture.

Informative but also hilarious, this presentation is perfect for any audience involved in the business of food, fuel, and fiber. About LRSC Precision Ag The Precision Agriculture program offers core classes to include both theoretical and practical applications with extensive lab and hands on training, as well as general education requirements. Graduates are employed as precision specialist at implement dealerships, agronomy centers, independent precision service providers and many more.