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AURI Seeks At-Large Board Member Candidates

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) seeks a highly skilled candidate to serve on its governing board to fill an at large seat. AURI board members are passionate about improving the agricultural industry and are committed to the organization’s values, including respect, dedication, collaboration, trust, enthusiasm and above all else, safety. The ideal candidate for the open board seat will demonstrate AURI’s values and have leadership experiences in one or more of the following areas: product or brand marketing, market intelligence, finance, strategy implementation, and change management as it relates to AURI’s mission. Each Board of Director seat is a three-year term and Directors are expected to make a commitment of up to seven meetings per year. In addition, Directors are encouraged to be involved in other activities, which occur online or at various locations throughout Minnesota. Underrepresented and candidates with a diverse background of thought and experiences are encouraged to apply. A summary of the board position can be found here.

AURI’s mission is to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. The vision is empowering the commercialization of innovative value-added food and agriculture ideas. The organization strives to create value using traditional, unexplored or overlooked agricultural resources.

In fiscal year 2021, AURI worked on over 200 projects and clients reported AURI assistance helped them increase new gross annual sales by over $320 million.
AURI partners with producers, businesses, entrepreneurs, the Minnesota Legislature and several other organizations to bring ideas to reality for the purpose of adding value to Minnesota’s agricultural industry.

Please submit a letter interest indicating how you believe your skills will add value to the organization, along with a summary of qualifications via email or U.S. mail by December 4, 2022. Election for the open seat will occur during the AURI Board of Directors annual meeting on January 19, 2023.
For questions, please contact Linda Thompson, Organizational Development Director or Jon Veldhouse, Nominating Committee Chair.

  • Linda Thompson 218.281.7600
  • Jon Veldhouse

The letters of support and candidate information may be sent by email or U.S. mail as listed below:
U.S. Postal Address: AURI
Attention: Linda Thompson
510 County Road 71, Suite 120
Crookston, MN 56716

AURI is an Equal Opportunity organization and welcomes diverse backgrounds without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, sexual orientation, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other non-job-related characteristics.