For the second year in a row, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will host a New Uses Forum to highlight current and potential innovative uses for the agricultural commodities produced in the state and region.

Scheduled for April 12, 2018, with a networking reception on the preceding evening. The theme, “Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation” will focus on how rapidly the value-added agricultural sector changes with the commercialization of new innovations.

“Following last year’s event, AURI received a lot of positive feedback from participants,” said AURI Executive Director Shannon Schlecht. “Based on that feedback, we felt it was important to continue the event and share the latest innovations in value-added agriculture.”

Similar to the inaugural event in March of 2017, the next forum will bring together knowledgeable guest speakers from throughout the new uses and value-added agricultural sectors. Keynote speakers will share trends and industry overviews of these sectors, while group panels will give more detailed overviews as well as insight into their respective organizations’ experiences.

“I want the 2018 event to build on where we left off last year,” said Schlecht. “I hope that we can bring together some of the best speakers on the most prescient topics. That’s what will make the 2018 New Uses Forum even better than its predecessor.”

In addition to the various panels and keynote speakers addressing new topics, the 2018 forum will also include some additions made in response to comments from last year’s event. These include longer networking breaks throughout the day, as well as an additional networking reception immediately following the forum.

The forum will, once again, be a premiere value-added agricultural event for the upper Midwest, so be sure to register today! It’s easy, you can register now by visiting auri.org.

The registration cost will be $75, which covers both receptions, a lunch, a continental breakfast and networking breaks. Also, AURI has worked out a discounted rate for those who wish to stay at the event hotel, the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN.

“We are thrilled to continue this one-day event to highlight the amazing advances and opportunities in value-added agriculture” says Schlecht.

To learn more about this exciting event, register and take advantage of the special room rates, visit auri.org.

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