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AURI Connects

The purpose of AURI Connects branded events is to actively engage the value chain on topics related to value-added agricultural opportunities and challenges. The vision of the program is to improve the competitiveness of agricultural producers, businesses and entrepreneurs through the ongoing, purposeful connection of resources and partners along the value chain and increased knowledge of opportunities, technologies and trends.

AURI Connects offers multiple options for engagement. Key AURI Connects activities include:

  • Industry Thought Leaders – A source of regular input and direction from industry leaders
  • Forums – To provide technical information to business and industry
  • Networks – To provide an ongoing, topical platform for participants to grow their business and maintain competitiveness through networking and knowledge sharing

To get involved in AURI Connects, check the offerings below and at AURI’s upcoming events page.

Fields of Innovation

AURI Connects: Fields of Innovation is a platform focused on bringing together Minnesota’s ag and food value chains to build capacity and successfully commercialize new and emerging crops. Continue Reading Fields of Innovation

Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable

The AURI Connects: Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable brings people together to learn, network and act on the challenges and opportunities in the area of renewable energy. Continue Reading Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable

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New Uses Forum

AURI Connects: New Uses Forum is an annual conference dedicated to accelerating innovation and investment in value-added food and agriculture. Each conference features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a spotlight on Minnesota entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for information on New Uses Forum 2025

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Webinar Wednesday

AURI Connects: Webinar Wednesday is a recurring webinar series hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. Each webinar explores different aspects of the food and ag sectors in Minnesota—from resources for food entrepreneurs to innovations in coproducts and biobased energy. Continue Reading Webinar Wednesday