Shannon Schlecht

Shannon Schlecht

Shannon M. Schlecht, Executive Director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is responsible for the overall strategic and operational oversight for the organization’s staff, programs and execution of its mission.  AURI provides technical services to businesses, conducts applied research initiatives and convenes networking events to create value-added economic opportunities for the food and agriculture sector.  AURI operates three laboratories and its dedicated staff assist industry participants on over 200 food and agricultural innovation projects each year to further the Institute’s mission of fostering long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products.

Schlecht most recently served as Vice President of Policy for U.S. Wheat Associates in Arlington, Virginia and held numerous roles within the trade association during his 14 years with the organization. He has extensive background in agriculture, policy, market development, international trade, strategic planning and management. He served as the wheat industry representative to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative for the Grains, Feed, Oilseeds, and Planting Seeds Agricultural Trade Advisory Council. He was also the liaison to multiple agricultural coalitions, and staff lead for national committees covering trade policy and biotechnology as well as a food aid working group. Internationally, he conducted initiatives to develop U.S. wheat exports in over 40 countries.

He holds Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Posted on July 17, 2018, in AURI News, News

Consumer demand for protein products expected to double by 2025. Can the Minnesota ag community benefit? In response to an ongoing rise in consumer demand for foods with increased protein content, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) released a new study exploring ways Minnesota’s agriculture sector could benefit from this trend. The 47-page report, available […]

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2018 New Uses Forum a Success

Posted on July 10, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, News

By Shannon Schlecht AURI Executive Director This past April AURI hosted its second annual New Uses Forum, which brought together a plethora of knowledgeable voices from across the value-added agriculture sector. Throughout the event, experts shared their experiences and insight with a diverse audience comprised of AURI clients, producers, entrepreneurs, business representatives and owners, government […]

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