The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) seeks a highly skilled candidate to serve on its governing board representing an agribusiness. AURI board members have 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 experience in one or more of the following areas to help advance the organization’s mission, capital investment experience, past or current engagement with underserved communities, and an understanding of sustainability practices across food and ag supply chains. AURI is particularly interested in candidates with small agribusiness experience, food/ag business start-ups and entrepreneurial best practices as it relates to AURI’s mission, and that possess a broad state, regional and/or national network.
This Board of Director seat is for a two-year term with a time commitment of up to seven meetings per year and some optional activities, which occur online and at various locations throughout Minnesota.
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. 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.
Candidates need to submit a resume, brief biography and letter of interest by December 4, 2020. Organizations recommending an individual should send a letter of support by the same date. Election for the open seat will occur during the AURI Board of Directors Annual Meeting on January 21, 2021.
For questions, please contact Linda Thompson, Organizational Development Director or John Schafer, Nominating Committee Chair.
The letters of support and candidate information may be sent by email or U.S. mail as listed below:
U.S. Postal Address: AURI
Attention: Linda Thompson
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258
AURI is an Equal Opportunity organization and welcomes diverse backgrounds.