About AURI

Board of Directors

AURI is governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of the state’s commodity groups, agribusiness and members of the Minnesota House and Senate agriculture committees. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

January Board Meeting:

Date: January 16, 2020
Location: Best Western Capitol Ridge, 161 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55103
Time: 8:00 am


Kenneth Asp

Kenneth Asp farms 2,400 acres in Pennington County, growing primarily wheat and soybeans. Ken joined the AURI Board as a representative of the Minnesota Wheat Industry. He is a US Navy Veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston with degrees in Agronomy and Aviation. Ken served nine years on the Pennington County… Read More »Kenneth Asp

Senator Rich Draheim

Sen. Rich Draheim is serving his first term in the Minnesota State Senate, serving District 20, which includes the cities of Le Sueur, New Prague, Belle Plaine, Elko, New Market, Montgomery, Lonsdale, Northfield, and surrounding townships. Draheim, is a Business Administration graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with nearly three decades of business management experience.… Read More »Senator Rich Draheim

Jerry Hasnedl

Jerry Hasnedl represents a statewide farm organization on the AURI Board of Directors. Hasnedl, a member of the Minnesota Farmers Union, resides on his 3,200 acre family farm in St. Hilaire, Minnesota. Hasnedl received his degree in agricultural economics from Northland Community College before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was on the CHS… Read More »Jerry Hasnedl

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson has operated his own consulting business, providing continuous services to the ethanol industry since 1985 with the exception of 2000-2006 while Business Development Director for Delta-T Corporation where he developed greenfield ethanol production facilities throughout the country. More recently he worked with new technologies and 2G ethanol in the US for a European… Read More »Larry Johnson

Ron Obermoller

Ron Obermoller serves as chairman of AURI’s board, representing the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. Ron is the fourth generation to run his family’s 900-acre corn and soybean farm near Brewster, Minnesota. He is active in the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Associations and is a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers, National… Read More »Ron Obermoller

Carolyn Olson

Carolyn Olson raises organic corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa with her husband on a 1,100 acre farm near Cottonwood, Minnesota. They also finish approximately 14,000 conventional hogs annually. Carolyn is the current District III Director on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors, past president of the Lyon County Farm Bureau, chair of the… Read More »Carolyn Olson

Representative Jeanne Poppe

Representative Jeanne Poppe is the Chair of the Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division.  Poppe lives in Austin, Minnesota, and represents House District 27B in southern Minnesota.  She is an educator and a counselor, with degrees in sociology and counseling.  Now in her eighth term in the Minnesota House she also serves… Read More »Representative Jeanne Poppe

John Schafer

John Schafer represents the Minnesota Beef Council on the AURI Board of Directors. Schafer currently serves as the chair of the research committee of the Minnesota Beef Council, as well as serves on the budget committee. Schafer raises Hereford cattle, corn, soybean, alfalfa and grass in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. Schafer graduated from the University of… Read More »John Schafer

Federico A. Tripodi

Federico Tripodi has served as a public company executive with extensive experience in agricultural, food and health R&D and product development. During his two-decade career in the ag tech and seed industry he has led organizations in both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial settings. Most recently, he was the CEO of Calyxt Inc., a food ingredient… Read More »Federico A. Tripodi

Jon Veldhouse

Jon Veldhouse is currently a Business Development Manager responsible for identifying and realizing new opportunities for Cargill’s Bioindustrial Group.  Mr. Veldhouse began his career with Cargill in 1999 as a Chemist at the Blair, NE biorefinery campus, followed by several years developing lactic acid fermentation technologies for the NatureWorks joint venture in Minnetonka, MN. In… Read More »Jon Veldhouse