"Navigating the New Normal" is the theme of the 2011 Mid America CropLife Association Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 8-11 at the Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota.

The program will kick off Sept 6 at 3:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies followed by "What's the New Normal?" with Michael Swanson, Ph.D., chief ag economist, Wells Fargo. The "Effective Use of Technology" will be addressed by Dave King, associate provost, Oregon State University. Following Tuesday's program will be the grand opening reception.

Wednesday, the program will allow for private business meetings and a personal development seminar in the morning starting at 8:30 a.m. with Matt Gulseth from Channel Financial. Traditionally, the annual meeting has been a place where private business meetings can be arranged by MACA member companies.

During the afternoon attendees can participate in the MACA Annual Golf Tournament or a tour of the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, and the day ends with the President's Reception starting at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday morning the program begins at 8:00 a.m. with Tim Emslie, commodity research analyst, Country Hedging subsidiary of CHS Inc.  He'll address the topic, "Agricultural Exports Influence on the U.S Economy,"  and that presentation will be followed by "Raising 300 Bushel Corn:  Chemicals - The Seventh Wonder of the Corn Yield World" by Fred Below, Ph.D., professor of plant physiology at the University of Illinois.

For additional details go to www.maca.org. MACA membership is for “any business engaged in the manufacture or formulation, and/or distribution, and/or supplier of products or services to the states of Coloradio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Ohio.”