March 5, 2018
Following its 2017 inaugural New Uses Forum that drew more than 150 agricultural professionals, entrepreneurs and members of the news media, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is hosting its second New Uses Forum April 11-12 at the Minneapolis West Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth, Minn.
The event will highlight several innovative contributions, with a focus on science and technology applications to foster long-term economic impact for Minnesota by helping businesses develop new, value-added uses for agricultural products in four focus areas: bio-based products, renewable energy, coproducts and food.
Shannon Schlecht, AURI executive director, says he anticipates informative presentations and the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas at the forum, which has the theme “Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation.”
“Last year’s first New Uses Forum was a resounding success,” he says. “We’re building on that base to create an even better event this year. Participants are sure to leave with a greater awareness of resources and opportunities available, as well as be energized to move forward with new and innovative utilization ideas.”
Keynote speakers will provide insight around trends in value-added agriculture. Panel presentations will provide in-depth perspectives around opportunity areas, including:
* Bio-based innovation. Explore the latest trends in identifying bio-based alternatives for petroleum-based materials.
* Coproducts innovation. Investigate recent and future innovations regarding new uses for ag-based waste streams and residues.
* Hemp innovation. Bring together experts from Minnesota, Canada and the surrounding region to discuss hemp’s many applications, from protein to energy.
* Nexus of food and health. Discuss how innovative food products can bring diet and health together.
The forum will also highlight a handful of Minnesota’s agricultural entrepreneurs. Some of the state’s most innovative new-uses and value-added entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to share their experiences.
Admission to the New Uses Forum is $75, with discounts available for students and government representatives. To register online, go to auri.org.
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