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Roundup: U president's first visit to rural Minnesota

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: August 11, 2011 - 2:32 PM

New University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler made his first trip to rural Minnesota last week, spending Wednesday at Farmfest.

Agri News published today a pretty complete description of what he was up to there. According to that article and other accounts, Kaler ate corn ice cream, spoke about the importance of agriculture, met with future farmers and climbed into an ethonal-powered race car.

Watch the U's documentation of the happenings here:

The Agri News article ends on this note:

Kaler said all programs, including Extension and ag research, will be reviewed. He's looking for greater efficiencies in each department.

Here's his full schedule, from the U:

Tuesday, Aug. 2

12 noon – Speech to the Rotary Club of Marshall outlining his vision for the future of the university: Marshall Golf Club, 800 Country Club Drive, Marshall

4 p.m. – Tour of Newport Labs, the nation’s largest private diagnostic lab and largest manufacturer of autogenous biologics for swine and cattle: 1524 Prairie Drive, Worthington

Wednesday, Aug. 3

8 to 9 a.m. – Participate in Minnesota Farm Bureau breakfast: Forum tent, Farmfest, Redwood Falls

9 to 10 a.m. – Tour Farmfest grounds and visit the Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean tents.

10 a.m. – Media availability in the University of Minnesota tent, next to Forum tent

10:15 a.m. – Remarks to Farmfest attendees in the Forum tent

11:30 a.m. -- Arrive at the university’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton and tour “University on the Prairie,” a three-day education program for area kids to learn about science: Southwest Research and Outreach Center, 23669 130th St., Lamberton
 

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