All about the bison: Local conference draws national attendance

Tom Barthel of Becker will host national-conference guests at his Snake River Farm June 21 for tours and bison-related discussion and learning.

Several local people have been busily preparing for a big event in the world of bison producers: The National Bison Association summer conference takes place in Becker, Elk River and Otsego June 20-22, when about 200 conference guests visit the Becker-based Snake River Farm owned by husband-and-wife farmers Tom Barthel and Gail Wilkinson.

“I think it’s a big deal to have it in Minnesota,” Barthel said.

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