Laura Bachmeier, a native from Apple Valley, Minnesota is AURI’s Business Development Director of Meat. In this role, she assists in advancing the value-added meat industry for the purpose of rural economic development by providing meat science leadership through education and training coordination, exploring new meat innovations and developing robust professional networks. From an early age, her passion for the agriculture industry stemmed by raising and showing beef cattle and swine at the county, state, and national level. Furthermore, her family operates multiple farms, growing diversified crops and beef cattle throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.
Prior to joining the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, Laura was an account manager with Fast Genetics. Additionally, she was the director of pork safety and quality at the National Pork Board. In this role, she was the technical support expert and liaison for the Pork Checkoff’s pork safety and quality efforts, where she developed educational resources and research programs in the areas of pre- and post-harvest food safety and pork quality for the industry.
In 2016, Bachmeier earned her Master of Science degree in Meat Science and Muscle Biology from North Dakota State University as a graduate research and teaching assistant under the direction of Dr. David Newman. While earning her Master of Science degree, she was the President of the Animal Science Graduate Student Organization, a member of the Graduate Student Teaching Advisory Group and assisted the NDSU Animal Science Department with swine related research projects and teaching various undergraduate courses.
In 2014, Laura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business from North Dakota State University. During this time, university organizations she was involved with included the Sigma Alpha- Professional Agriculture Sorority, Saddle and Sirloin, General Livestock Judging Team, and Colligate Cattlewomen.
Bachmeier is a professional member of the American Meat Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and International Association for Food Protection.