The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato’s “We Have Ag!” series is this week, and it will address “Young Professionals Shaping the Future of Agriculture.”

Eric Sannerud (right) and his partner Ben Boo are among the first and biggest hops farmers in Minnesota. (Mighty Axe Farms)

Panelists include representatives from Partners for Affordable Housing, Compeer Financial, Environmental Tillage Systems, and Growth Family Farms.

Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Marilyn Wells says the forums highlight the success stories of Minnesota State Mankato, and help explore the future future potential as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture.

The event, free and open to the public, is from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.