Richard Schmitz Food Entrepreneurship Series

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for our virtual event featuring two national prominent women leaders in Ag, Kristin Duncanson and Sheryl Meshke.

Be Local, See Global

Join Kristin Duncanson, owner, and partner of Highland Family Farms, and Sheryl Meshke, CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. for an event showcasing how innovation is survival in an ever-changing agriculture world, especially during a pandemic. Learn how innovation, supply chain management, sustainability, and consumer needs are at the forefront of their daily decision making. Kristin and Sheryl both serve as board members for the MN AgriGrowth Council. Through their local involvement, they are committed to making an impact on a global scale.

FREE EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Registration Required!

Kristin Duncanson and Sheryl Meshke both know what it takes to be a successful and innovative entrepreneur. Kristin is the owner and partner of Highland Family farms, a Minnesota-based corn, soy and hog farm. She is focused on the triple bottom line, committed to creating benefits in the social, economic, and environmental world.

Sheryl, Co-President and CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc, knows what agriculture success and failure means from all angles. By knowing the industry first hand and educating others, she strives to strengthen the future of the ag and dairy industries.



The Richard R. and Mary L. Schmitz Endowment for Opportunities in Food Entrepreneurship was founded in 1999. The fund creates scholarships and supports an annual lecture by industry experts in the category of food entrepreneurship. This includes executives within a broad range of food processing, retailing, and wholesaling industries. Some recent lecturers include Dan & Angie Bastian (Angie’s Artisan Treats), Dave Rettig (Rembrandt Foods), and Glenn Stolt (Christensen Farms).

This lecture provides an opportunity for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business to engage the growing sector of Agri-business with our students, alumni, and friends in a format that educates the community about growing needs in the agriculture world.


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