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Ag Innovation Update
In This Issue
New AURI employees
Educating on rural innovation opportunities
Improving water quality
AURI's 25 years of Ag Innovation News
Presidents praise the farmers
Get to know Senator Matt Schmit
Upcoming Events

Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable
September 30, 2014
University of Minnesota
Student Center
St. Paul, MN

2014 Midwest Dairy Research Forum 
October 14-15, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD
New AURI employees
AURI recently hired on three new talented employees:
  • Tami Dahm, Executive Assistant
  • Donna O' Connor, Scientist, Food and Nutrition
  • Harold Stanislawski, Project Development Director

AURI Executive Director Teresa Spaeth was invited to speak at the national SSTI conference in Chicago the week of September 15. Spaeth's speech was on strengthening rural roots.   

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September 2014

 Farmers discover an economic and environmentally friendly way to keep nitrates out of quality water supplies. Watch a video describing one way farmers are helping to solve water quality problems.


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Read about AURI's 25 years of agricultural innovation
Find out the latest news in the ag industry by taking a look at new research insights, ag business success stories and projects happening at AURI.

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Presidents praise the farmers

At AURI we say it often...we are all about agriculture. And even though we are not involved in production agriculture, we are tied at the hip to the great men and women and their families that produce the products that our clients use to add value and drive economic development. Here is what others have said about the American farmer:

  •  Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.--President Thomas Jefferson
  •  Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation; and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.--President John F. Kennedy
  • In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.             --President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Get to know Senator Matt Schmit 

Senator Matt Schmit is serving his first term in the Minnesota State Senate, serving District 21. He serves as vice chair of the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, and also serves on the following committees: Capital Investment; Environment and Energy; and Finance--Environment. He earned his MPP from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from St. John's University. Below is a short Q&A with Sen. Schmit.

Why did you initially want to serve on AURI's board? I grew up in the heart of farm country in southeastern Minnesota and have a deep appreciation for agriculture's role in our state's history, quality of life and economic competitiveness. As a legislator, I serve on the agriculture policy and finance potential. I'm drawn to the AURI mission and have been honored to represent the Minnesota State Senate on the board.

What value does AURI bring to Minnesota that you're most proud of? Policymakers look for opportunities that create and leverage "value added." Agriculture is a prime example of how productivity and innovation in one sector of our economy can create new opportunities in other areas, such as manufacturing, energy or consumer products. AURI strives to identify, create or develop these opportunities, which adds value to Minnesota's broader economy and quality of life.