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2024 New Uses Forum Keynote Presentations and Information Sessions Announced

The 2024 New Uses Forum is Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at the Mayo Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn. The daylong seminar will feature timely and informative programming on how bioindustrials and biomaterials are transforming the agriculture sector and how the Midwest region is seizing opportunities in this growing area of innovation.

Keynote Addresses:

The Arrival of BioMADE – Minnesota’s First Bioindustrial Manufacturing Campus
Keynote Speaker: Jack Starr, Ph.D., BioMAD

NatureWorks – A Case Study on Bioindustrial Success
Keynote Speaker: Joe Schroeder, Ph.D., NatureWorks, LLC

Sessions with leading industry experts on market challenges and opportunities in bioindustrial innovation:

Resources Underpinning the Bioindustrial Opportunity
Discover how our region is an agricultural powerhouse offering a multitude of candidate crops and feedstocks

Scaling up for the Future
Learn how companies are tackling technological and capital challenges in scaling bioindustrial innovation

Collaborating for Success
Understand which partnerships propel bioindustrials forward to achieve commercial outcomes

Building a Future for the Region
What are Midwestern states doing to support innovation and investment in the bioindustrial sector?

Bioindustrial Bankability
How is the investment community approaching the bioindustrial opportunity? What are they looking for in a start-up? What trends are noteworthy?

AURI is offering an in-person and virtual option this year. To register, learn more information, and see a detailed schedule of events and presenters, visit the event website.

AURI, and its event partners Compeer Financial and Avisen Legal, extend their gratitude to the 2024 New Uses Forum sponsors: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Southwest Initiative Foundation, AgriGrowth Council, CoBank, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative, Redwing Ignite, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn, GreenSeam, Great Plains Institute, MBOLD, and MinnWest Technology Campus.

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About AURI
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the expansion of the agricultural economy by empowering expanded uses and markets of agriculturally derived products. It accomplishes this by using science and technology to help develop new uses for agricultural products. It collaborates globally, acts regionally, and is known as an economic catalyst for Minnesota with a focus on bio-industrial products and food. AURI provides a broad range of services, including applied research and development, scientific assistance, and a targeted network across the value chain to foster collaboration. To learn more, visit

About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $27 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management, and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agricultural industry.

Compeer Financial is one of the largest cooperatives of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

About Avisen Legal
A boutique law firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Avisen Legal represents businesses, business owners, investment funds, and non-profits on the legal issues that relate to the formation, operation, growth, and sale of their businesses.

The firm’s attorneys advise businesses, funds, and non-profits on issues ranging from employment issues, negotiating contracts, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning with personal attention and tailored advice.