The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) seeks a diverse and highly skilled candidate to serve on its governing board to fill an at large seat.  AURI board members have a strong interest in improving the food and agricultural industry and are committed to the organization’s values, including respect, dedication, teamwork, trust, resourcefulness, enthusiasm and safety.  The ideal candidate for the open board seat should demonstrate AURI’s values and have leadership skills and experiences in one or more of the following areas: business expansion, fundraising, rural or economic development, market trend analysis and entrepreneurship as it relates to AURI’s mission. Each Board of Director seat is a three-year term with a time commitment of up to seven meetings per year and some optional activities, which occur at various locations throughout Minnesota.  A summary of the board position is attached.

AURI’s mission is to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products.  The vision is empowering the commercialization of innovative value add food and agriculture ideas. The organization strives to find new uses for traditional, unexplored or overlooked agricultural commodities and products.

In 2019, AURI worked on over 150 projects and clients reported AURI assistance helped them increase new gross annual sales by over $261 million. AURI partners with producers, businesses, entrepreneurs, the Minnesota Legislature and several other organizations to bring ideas to reality for the purpose of increasing commodity utilization, product viability and market expansion.

Please submit a letter interest along with a summary of qualifications via email or U.S. mail by December 5, 2019.  Election for the open seat will occur during the AURI Board of Directors annual meeting on January 16, 2020.

For questions, please contact Linda Thompson, Organizational Development Director or Jerry Hasnedl, Nominating Committee Chair.

  • Linda Thompson lthompson@auri.org      281.7600, ext. 108
  • Jerry Hasnedl jhasnedl@auri.org           684.5142

The letters of support and candidate information may be sent by email or by U.S. mail:

AURI
Attention:  Angela Owens, HR & Administrative Assistant
510 County Road 71, Suite 120
Crookston, MN 56716

AURI is an Equal Opportunity organization and welcomes diverse backgrounds.