Redwood Falls, Minn. — Cool, dry weather, topical forums and the opportunity to compare seed varieties and farm equipment brought thousands of people to Farmfest 2009 at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls August 4-6.

It was also an opportunity for AURI to celebrate 20 years of operation.

“Farmfest remains our single biggest opportunity to showcase agricultural innovations to people who care about the agriculture industry,” says Dan Lemke, AURI communications director. “And this year we had the opportunity to promote AURI’s two decades of assistance to Minnesota.”

AURI’s Farmfest tent included product and informational displays, food samples, games, registration to win biodiesel, a food drive to benefit the local food shelf and even AURI birthday cake.

“We always try to make our Farmfest display a fun event that provides information to people even if they’re not really there to learn,” Lemke says. “There are a lot of innovative things happening in Minnesota, so this is a perfect opportunity for us to highlight them and let folks know what’s being developed.”