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WORTHINGTON -- The 12th annual Worthington BiO Conference, planned and coordinated by the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., will begin today and continue through Friday at the Worthington Event Center.

WORTHINGTON - The 12th annual Worthington BiO Conference, planned and coordinated by the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., will begin today and continue through Friday at the Worthington Event Center.

This year’s conference will feature two half-day programs, and for the first-time, an evening panel discussion. That discussion, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will address avian flu, from research and practices to market impacts.
Panelists for the avian flu program include Jeff Barber, a local turkey grower whose farm was impacted by the bird flu last spring; along with Jill Nezwerski, veterinarian and owner of Blue House Veterinary & Laboratory in Buffalo Lake who specializes in poultry health; and Carol Cardona, professor in avian health at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Randy Simonson will moderate.

Also scheduled for today:
Noon - Welcome by Jason Vote, WREDC Chairman; followed by lunch keynote speaker Matt Gardner, CEO of California Technology Council, on “Self-Empowerment in the New Age of Scientific and Technical Skills.”
1 p.m.: “A Unique Collaboration Between a Biotech Company, a Staffing Agency and a Community College,” session led by Luanne Wolfgram, a professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
2:30 p.m.: Creating Operating Margin Increases Through Applied Technology in Agriculture Production,” session led by Dan Hodgson of Linn Grove Growth Funds.
3:30 p.m.: “Addressing Skilled Worker Shortages,” panel discussion featuring Roxanne Hayenga of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, JBS Training and Development Manager Abigail Wilking and Minnesota West Dean of Customized Training Dawn Regnier.
4:30 p.m.: “Incubating Business and Ideas,” session led by Lisa Hughes of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and City of Worthington Community and Economic Director Manager Brad Chapulis.
This year’s conference will again feature a Middle School Science Club exhibit, slated to be presented at 10 a.m. Friday. The exhibit will lead into an 11 a.m. session by Brian McNeill, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, on 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming.

Also scheduled for Friday:
8 a.m.: “Agriculture Bio Strategy,” session led by Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) Director Shannon Schlecht.

9 a.m.: “Water Quality and Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities,” session led by Jeff Peterson, director of the Water Resource Center at the University of Minnesota.
Noon: “Let’s Build a Research Lab at a Bio Business Park,” panel discussion featuring Goutham Vemuri of GeneSys Consulting, AURI Project Development Director Harold Stanislawski and AURI Senior Director of Science and Technology Rod Larkins.
Registration for the conference may be done at the door. The complete conference schedule may also viewed at www.worthington-minnesota.com/bio-science-2016-schedule .

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