This edition of the Ag Innovation News brings you an interview with AURI’s Board Chair, Ron Obermoller. Ron is a dedicated leader for the organization and brings a wealth of agricultural knowledge to the board, thanks to his many years as a farmer and leader in other commodity groups. As you will see, his insight into value-added agriculture and vision for the future of AURI will play a major role in the organization’s direction in the near future.
AIN: Which commodity group do you represent?
AIN: Please give us some highlights around your ag background.
AIN:With your background, which of AURI’s focus areas offer the greatest opportunities for soybeans?
AIN: What direction do you see value-add agriculture going over the next three years?
AIN: What would you like to see AURI accomplish during your term on the board?
RO: In one word GROW: there are so many opportunities out there and we need to work with more of them.
AIN: As a leader of Minnesota Soy, what kind of future collaboration would you like to see with AURI?
RO: I’m impressed with the collaboration the two organizations have developed over the past few years. There are times when AURI pushes the soybean organization and times when they push AURI, which I see as healthy for both organizations. It would be advantageous for the two organizations to work together more on legislative opportunities.
AIN: What do you hope to accomplish during the next two to three years?
RO: There is so much demand for AURI’s services I hope to grow our capacity to do more projects in a timely manner. Plus use our labs also for our own initiatives that benefit MN. All of which takes money, so a large part of expanding AURI involves widening our financial base.
AIN: What kinds of projects/initiatives do you feel have the best opportunities in MN today?
RO: It seems like a lot of the exciting projects come from people who have been working in their jobs for years and have had this idea in the back of their mind and now have the time or money to move their idea forward. I don’t feel like we can tell the future well enough to make the call which opportunities are the best so we need to work with as many as we can.