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  • When do tickets go on sale?
    Registration is NOW OPEN for FAI 2023! Session times and speakers will be posted on our website so you can make your own schedule.
  • Why are you charging for tickets? Why are ticket prices so low?
    We want to create an industry leading event that is accessible to all. A very significant portion of the cost for Food, Ag, Ideas Week is subsidized by our supporting partners to enable us to set an accessible price point for the value we are offering. From our experience, we have found that when an event is free, 50% of registrants do not attend, which leads to challenges in planning, waste, as well as not setting appropriate expectations for our speakers who have gone to great lengths to participate. By charging even a small amount, it has been shown that people will prioritize attending. We are offering scholarship tickets for those where price is a barrier including just starting out entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. To inquire about scholarships, please email A limited number of free student tickets (ID must be shown) are also available.
  • How do I apply for a scholarship ticket?
    We are offering scholarship tickets for those where price is a barrier, including just starting out entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. To inquire about scholarships, please email A limited number of free student tickets (ID must be shown) are also available.
  • Do you offer refunds for cancelled tickets?
    Due to commitments, we must make to our vendors, we can offer the following refunds: We will provide a 100% refund for all speaker sessions 3 business days before the event takes place. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • What lunch options are near the Minnesota History Center?
    Lunch will be provided as part of your in person ticket for 2023 on Monday October 9th and 10th. Please opt in to this option when registering if you would like to eat on site at The Minnesota History Center with us. If you would like to eat off site either day, here are Lunch Options (within walking distance of Minnesota History Center) Eagle Street Grille Herbie’s On The Park Cossetta Downtowner Woodfire Grill Seventh Street Truck Park Burger Moe's Patrick McGovern's Pub Zamboni's Pizza New Bohemia - St. Paul
  • Can I make changes to my registration?
    You will be able to make changes to your registration through your registration confirmation email. One week before the event, you will be sent a link to your attendee hub for access to virtual events and can make further changes to your registration.
  • Is Food I Ag I Ideas Week 2023 virtual or in-person?
    This year FAI will be done in a hybrid format. Specific events and activities will be offered both in-person and/or online. See below FAQ prompts for specifics.
  • What is available for virtual attendees?
    Keynotes, breakout sessions, and most educational opportunities will be streamed for viewers to join virtually. Panels and sessions on October 9-10th will be offered virtually. Networking events and experiences will not be streamed virtually, they are for in-person attendance only.
  • What is available for in-person attendees?
    All programming will be available in person. This includes all content October 9-10th, including panels, networking events, as well as other interactive activities and tours throughout the week. All in-person events will be taking place within Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Where is Food I Ag I Ideas Week 2023 located?
    The majority of panels and sessions will occur at the Minnesota History Center on October 9-10th. Additional events and experiences will occur throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. Please see the 2023 Event page for a detailed agenda of the conference.
  • Do you have a preferred hotel for the week?
    We have secured a reduced rate at the iconic St. Paul Hotel. To complete a booking, visit the website at and then in the below fields enter the following: Date Range Drop down for Rate Type – choose “I HAVE A CODE” & then Group Enter the group code in CODE - 1559560 Search Guests can also call 800-292-9292 and ask for the FAI 2023 RATE to reserve a room for $159/night. With lodging questions please reach out to
  • Tell me more about Minnesota
    Minnesota is a leader in food and agriculture from farm to fork and back again. It is the home of a strong ecosystem that includes industry and not for profits leaders, a diversity of agriculture crops, a renowned land grant university and agriculture school, as well as a growing entrepreneur community who work together to build businesses, solve food and agriculture challenges and bring ideas to scale. If you’re visiting or just looking for fun and interesting things to do in MN, check out this list here.
  • Tell me more about Minnesota's Food & Agriculture Industry.
    Here are some key insights on Minnesota's Food & Ag Industry: Fortune 500 companies including CHS, General Mills, Land O Lakes, Hormel Foods, C.H.Robinson, Ecolab, as well as Cargill, the largest privately owned company. Additional corporate leaders include Schwan's, SunOpta, Post/Malt-O-Meal, Grainmillers, Syngenta, and more. Minnesota is home to the largest food retail co-op network in the country in addition to Target and UNIF. Successful entrepreneurial businesses such as Angie’s BoomChickaPop, 2 Gingers Whiskey, Belvedere Vodka, Talenti Gelato, and more have been launched and scaled here and Minnesota also has several entrepreneur accelerators, incubators, and support organizations including Techstars Farm to Fork, Bold Growth (AURI x Grow North via MBOLD), Lunar Startups, Greenseam, Finnovation Lab, and the Feast! Smart Start Program. Minnesota has a diverse agriculture community and ranks 5th in total agricultural production, 4th in total agricultural exports, in the top 10 for green peas, sweet corn, oats, soybeans, honey, milk production, number of USDA certified organic farms, vegetable production and more. Innovative not-for-profit leaders include Second Harvest Heartland, the largest food bank in the country, the Minneapolis School system which is pioneering innovation in school food and nutrition, the McKnight and Bush Foundations, and many more.
  • How is Food I Ag I Ideas Week connected to Twin Cities Startup Week?
    Food, Ag, Ideas Week usually follows Twin Cities Startup Week. Both initiatives work together to cross-promote events during the week, support each other's efforts, and accelerate Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem. To learn more about Twin Cities Startup Week, click here.
  • How is this week different than other conferences or events?
    While there are many events happening across the country and in Minnesota, what makes Food, Ag, Ideas Week unique is its diversity of topics and perspectives from across food and agriculture. We are bringing together corporate, non-profit, and civic leaders across industry leading topics within sustainable agriculture, food innovation, and tech and food and society. We see Food, Ag, Ideas Week, not just an event, but as a platform to catalyze connectivity and engagement with our community.
  • Can I submit an event idea or session topic?
    Additional event and speaker ideas can be shared with us at in the future.
  • If I’m driving, where should I park?
    The History Center has a large surface parking lot behind the building. The cost is $6 per day per vehicle.
  • How is the content created for Food I Ag I Ideas Week?
    Food I Ag I Ideas Week is an umbrella for a series of events and experiences developed in collaboration with our content and support partners. Grow North and all of the organizations putting on content during the Week work with a variety of partners to bring content to life. We strive to showcase a variety of speakers and perspectives from Minnesota and across the country at the sessions and events and to make each session thought-provoking, engaging, and designed for connectivity. Topics and speakers are selected in collaboration with our partners, advisors, and community leaders.
  • How does the sponsorship process work?
    Food I Ag I Ideas Week is made possible through the generosity of our support partners as well as our community. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to
  • How do I ask for accommodations that will allow me to attend?
    When you are registering for tickets, please make sure to answer the question regarding specific accommodations as we strive to make our events inclusive.
  • Is childcare available at events?
    Due to liability concerns, childcare will not be available for FAI.
  • Is there a Mother’s Room available?
    There will be a mother’s room, gender neutral bathrooms, and adult and child changing stations available on-site at the History Center. Please ask a staff member at registration for directions.


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