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About AURI

Board of Directors

AURI is governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of the state’s commodity groups, agribusiness and members of the Minnesota House and Senate agriculture committees. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Kenneth Asp

Kenneth Asp farms 2,400 acres in Pennington County, growing primarily wheat and soybeans. Ken joined the AURI Board as a representative of the Minnesota Wheat Industry. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston with degrees in Agronomy and Aviation. Ken served nine years on the Pennington County… Read More »Kenneth Asp

Senator Gene Dornink

Sen. Dornink, currently serving his first term in the Minnesota Senate, represents District 27, which includes Mower, Steele, Dodge and Faribault Counties. Dornink is a member of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Finance & Policy Committee. He also serves on the Capital Investment and Human Services Licensing Policy committees, as well as the Labor… Read More »Senator Gene Dornink

Jeff Grev

Jeff Grev began his career as a sales representative at Hormel Foods in 1984 and has progressed through a variety of sales, marketing, new product development, and business development roles. Jeff has 30 years of experience generating success in consumer packaged goods sales, marketing, new product development, licensing, joint ventures and acquisitions. Business development successes… Read More »Jeff Grev

Jerry Hasnedl

Jerry Hasnedl represents a statewide farm organization on the AURI Board of Directors. Hasnedl, a member of the Minnesota Farmers Union, resides on his 3,200 acre family farm in St. Hilaire, Minnesota. Hasnedl received his degree in agricultural economics from Northland Community College before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was on the CHS… Read More »Jerry Hasnedl

Ron Obermoller

Ron Obermoller represents the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. Ron is the fourth generation to run his family’s 900-acre corn and soybean farm near Brewster, Minnesota. He is active in the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Associations, and is a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers, National Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers… Read More »Ron Obermoller

Carolyn Olson

Carolyn Olson raises organic corn, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa with her husband on a 1,100 acre farm near Cottonwood, Minnesota. They also finish approximately 14,000 conventional hogs annually. Carolyn is the current District III Director on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors, past president of the Lyon County Farm Bureau, chair of the… Read More »Carolyn Olson

John Schafer

John Schafer represents the Minnesota Beef Council on the AURI Board of Directors. Schafer currently serves as the chair of the research committee of the Minnesota Beef Council, and serves on the budget committee. Schafer raises Hereford cattle, corn, soybean, alfalfa and grass in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. Schafer graduated from the University of Minnesota with… Read More »John Schafer

Rep. Mike Sundin

Rep. Sundin (DFL – Esko), currently serving his fifth term in the Minnesota House, represents District 11A, encompassing all of Carlton and portions of Pine and St. Louis counties. Sundin chairs the House Agriculture Finance & Policy Committee. He also serves on the Way and Means, Industrial Education and Economic Development Finance & Policy, Labor… Read More »Rep. Mike Sundin

Federico A. Tripodi

Federico Tripodi serves as the chair of AURI’s Board of Directors and has served as a public company executive with extensive experience in agricultural, food and health R&D and product development. During his two-decade career in the ag tech and seed industry, he has led organizations in both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial settings. Most recently,… Read More »Federico A. Tripodi

Jon Veldhouse

Jon Veldhouse is the CEO of Qore LLC, a joint venture of Cargill and HELM-AG.  Qore supports material producers and brand owners in making more sustainable products using QIRA® a renewable, drop-in chemical intermediate. Jon has a unique mix of technical and commercial expertise that have been developed across several roles in start-up environments, Cargill,… Read More »Jon Veldhouse