Breakout Sessions


Forages (Room 135)

Time Presenter Title
Amanda Grev
Yield and Forage Nutritive Value of Reduced Lignin and Conventional Alfalfa Varieties Subject to Diverse Cutting Treatments
Reagan Noland
Responding to alfalfa winterkill with warm season annual forages
Hannah Phillips
Meat quality and taste differences between three dairy steer breeds grazed on cover crops


Cropping Rotations (Room 155)

Time Presenter Title
M. Scott Wells
Double Cropping Systems with Pennycress and Camelina                      
Len Kne and Bryan Runck
The New Agricultural Bioeconomy Project
Salvador Ramirez
Biofuels or Biology, Can We Have Both?


New and Alternative Crops (Room 156)

Time Presenter Title
11:00-11:15 Katrina Freund Cultivation of Native and Naturalized Minnesota Plants for Seed, Biomass, Natural Products, and Ecosystem Services
11:15-11:30 Mike Lilja

Hazelnut Production in Minnesota: A Grower's Perspective and Experience

11:30-11:45 Michelle Dobbratz Corn Establishment in a Kura Clover Living Mulch


Cover Crops (Room 32)

Time Presenter Title
Nicholas Wiering
Breeding Hairy Vetch for Cover Crop Usage
Tom Cotter
Grower: How to get Cover Crops into your crop rotation. Multi and single species, V-6 interseeding, benefits, and how to get a "I can do it attitude"
Guillermo Marcillo
Characterizing Vegetative Development and Pheno-Phases of Winter Rye Cover Crop Under Iowa Conditions.


Guidelines for breakout presentations:

  • The allotted time for breakout presentations is 15 minutes (12-minute presentation and 3 minutes for questions). Practice your presentation beforehand and time it accordingly.
  • Create your presentation in PowerPoint format.
  • Keep it simple. Summarize the main points - don't include every detail of what you plan to say. Try to limit the text up to five lines per slide, and keep the number of words to a minimum.
  • Keep the color scheme consistent throughout your presentation.
  • In addition to the graphics, photographs can be an excellent way to communicate the information.
  • Think of the presentation as a story. Clear and logical flow of ideas is important for successful presentation.
  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • When a question is asked by the audience, repeat the question so that the entire audience knows what the question is.
  • Make the take-home message persistent
  • Provide references and contact information so that audience can follow up if they need additional information.


Registration for Breakout Sessions is now CLOSED.


If you would still like to sign up for a poster presentation or exhibitor table, the link to sign up can be found here.