Gilfillian , Minn. — AURI showcased value-added agricultural innovations to thousands of visitors to Minnesota’s premier farm show, Farmfest 2008, in August. The three-day outdoor event near Redwood Falls annually draws more than 30,000 people, primarily from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.

Comfortable, sunny and dry weather greeted exhibitors and visitors who checked out farm implements and seed plots. Daily Farmfest forums included debates between U.S. Senate and Congressional candidates and discussions on ag-related issues. Minnesota’s farm families of the year were also recognized.

AURI hosted an exhibit tent featuring clients and value-added ventures. Thousands streamed through the tent to sample products or gather information.

 

Top photo: Farmfest visitors wait in line to sample barbecue sauce produced by Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School students. Prairie Smoke sauce has become a favorite at AURI’s tent and draws a hungry following. The sauce’s four flavors are sold throughout southwest Minnesota.

Lower left: Linder Farm Network radio personality Lynn Ketelsen drew a crowd to AURI’s tent as he autographed commemorative hats. The well-known farm broadcaster also hosted the daily noontime ag jamboree at the forum tent.

Lower right: From the left, Bob Nelsen, Howard Hamilton and Arland Moger of Environmental Dust Control showcased Dustlock, a vegetable-oil based dust suppressant.