The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Bremer Bank and the Minnesota Businesses Focused on Food and Agriculture initiative are sponsoring a discussion on how Minnesota’s agriculture producers and economy can benefit from the growing market for renewable oil feedstocks. Global demand for renewable biofuels is projected to keep growing, driving demand for oilseed crops like soy, canola and sunflowers. These factors also create opportunities for animal fats and emerging crops like winter camelina and pennycress to fill supply gaps.
At this hybrid event (in-person and online options available), oilseed industry stakeholders will share perspectives on how these trends are impacting Minnesota farmers and the agriculture economy. They will also discuss existing and emerging cropping systems. In addition, there will be a working lunch sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.
What: Fields of Innovation: Growing and Developing Markets for Minnesota Oilseeds
When: June 9, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center’s Youngquist Auditorium; 2900 University Ave. Crookston, Minn. 56716 (A virtual option is offered.)
At the conclusion of the event, attendees can tour the new Ag Innovation Campus in Crookston—located a short drive from the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus.
This event is part of the AURI Connects: Fields of Innovation platform focused on convening Minnesota’s regional ag and food value chains to build capacity and successfully accelerate the commercialization of new crop and livestock opportunities, including new traits for existing crops. With its focus on connecting innovation and market development with value chain partners, the Fields of Innovation program aims to build a strong ecosystem in Minnesota and border states that will provide ag producers and value chain partners with new market opportunities.
The event is free and open to the public. Media members are invited to attend. For more information or to register, visit the event page.
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute’s mission is to foster long-term economic benefit through value-added agricultural products. It accomplishes this by using science and technology to help develop new uses for agricultural products. It partners with businesses and entrepreneurs to generate economic impact in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in four focus areas: biobased products, renewable energy, coproducts and food. AURI provides a broad range of services, including applied research and development, scientific assistance and a targeted network of resources to develop value-added uses for crops and coproducts.