Kim Hintz, senior lending officer at Agribank, has been appointed to represent agribusiness on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). Hintz has more than 10 years of agricultural lending experience, working at the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives, CoBank and Agribank.
Hintz previously owned and operated a swine operation in North Dakota for the purpose of raising breeding stock for producers in southern Minnesota in a disease-free region. She was also actively involved on her family farm in Blue Earth, Minnesota, while growing up. Hintz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business Management from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Hintz will be part of a nine-member Board of Directors that governs AURI. Per AURI’s statute, representation on the board must meet these requirements:
- Chairman of the Minnesota House of Representatives Ag Committee or designee. Currently this position is filled by Representative Andrew Falk.
- Chairman of the Minnesota Senate Ag Committee or designee. Currently this position is filled by Senator Matt Schmit.
- Two representatives of state farm organizations. Currently these designated positions are filled by Julie Bleyhl (Minnesota Farmers Union) and John Gilbertson (Minnesota Farm Bureau).
- Three representatives of Minnesota research and promotion councils. Currently these positions are filled by Ron Obermoller (soybean), Art Brandli (wheat) and Richard Peterson (corn).
- Two representatives of Minnesota agribusiness. These positions are filled by John Goihl and Kim Hintz.
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.