With record crop yields projected for several regional commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance. In addition to increasing current demand, it will spur new demand opportunities as well. To that end, AURI is hosting a New Uses Innovation Forum for Minnesota’s agricultural industry.

The forum, scheduled for March 22 at the Crowne Plaza, is bringing together experts and entrepreneurs from the new uses arena, R&D, and private sector. Together, they will participate in open discussions about the latest innovations and opportunities for developing new uses for Minnesota grown crops and agricultural processing byproducts. There will be panel discussions, Q&A sessions, networking opportunities and keynote addresses tailored to the interests of MN agriculture. Above all, this will be an event to bring people together under the common goal of encouraging new growth and innovation here in Minnesota.

The Forum’s schedule is as follows:

March 21: Welcome Reception 6:30pm

March 22:

8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome
8:45 am Keynote
9:30 am AURI – MN Value-Added Food and Ag Activities
09:45 am Minnesota’s Value-Added Agricultural Sector Industry Panel
10:45 am Networking Break
11:15 pm Agbioeconomy Activities
12:00 pm Entrepreneurs discussion
12:30pm Luncheon
1:15 pm Global Happenings
1:45 pm Investments in Food and Agriculture Innovation
3:15 pm Networking Break
3:45 pm University and Industry R&D efforts for AgBioscience Commercialization
4:45 pm Closing Message

The Forum is sure to be a premiere value-added ag event for the upper Midwest, so be sure to register today! Also, AURI has worked out a discounted rate for those who wish to stay at the event hotel, the Crowne Plaza. To reserve your room today, call 763.559.6600.

If you have special dietary needs or questions about the event or registration please call 612.704.1120.

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