Project development director
Bruce Stockman, former long-time executive director of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, has joined AURI as a project development director, assisting value-added ventures in southeast Minnesota.
“Most of my career has been in agri-business,” says Stockman who grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Topeka, Kansas and now lives in Prior Lake, Minn. He holds a business administration degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas. After working for the National Corn Growers Association in St. Louis, he moved to Minnesota in 1990.
For 20-plus years serving corn associations, Stockman has been “helping the producer to connect at least some of his or her business further up the value chain,” he says, “which is one of the reasons I am excited to be working for AURI.”
Projects and communications assistant
Ashley Harguth joined AURI’s Waseca office in March as projects and communications assistant.
Harguth grew up on a farm near Waldorf, Minn. and holds a degree in agricultural marketing and communications from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her focus is electronic communications, including website maintenance and social media, and she contributes articles to Ag Innovation News.
“I wanted to work for an agricultural company, and I enjoy being able to promote all the innovative things AURI is doing for Minnesota agriculture,” says Harguth who lives near Waseca with her husband Steve.