Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM CDT
Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT

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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West 
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441

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Nan Larson 
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute 

New Uses Forum 2018: Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation 

Join us on April 11 and 12, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN for a pre-event reception (4/11) and an informative day of learning about value-added agriculture in Minnesota while networking with others with new ideas and successful entrepreneurial ventures (4/12).

The theme, “Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation” will focus on how rapidly the value-added agricultural sector changes with the commercialization of new innovations. The forum brings together knowledgeable guest speakers from throughout the new uses and value-added agricultural sectors. Keynote speakers will share trends and industry overviews of these sectors, while panels will give more detailed overviews as well as insight into their respective organizations’ experiences.

The forum will, once again, be a premier value-added agricultural event for the upper Midwest, so be sure to register today! The registration cost will be $75, which covers both receptions, a lunch, a continental breakfast and networking breaks. 

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the event or promoting your company with a vendor table, please email Nan Larson at nlarson@auri.org.

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New Uses Forum 2018: Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441

Wednesday, April 11
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Join AURI conference participants and VIPs for a pre-event
networking reception serving local foods from some of AURI’s food clients.
Thursday, April 12
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
A full day of keynote speakers, networking and panel discussions including:
7:30 am Breakfast and Networking during Registration
8:30 am Welcome
Shannon Schlecht, Executive Director, AURI
Minnesota Senator Bill Weber, District 22
8:40 am Morning Keynote Speaker
Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director & CIO, S2G Ventures
Introduced by Rohit Shukla, CEO, Larta Institute
9:25 am Biobased Innovations Panel
Moderator:  Dr. Jill Zullo, VP of Bioindustrials-North America, Cargill
Dr. Marc Hillmyer, Director, Center for Sustainable Polymers, U of M
Dr. Chad Ulven, Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department,
NDSU and Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, c2Renew
Mike Youngerberg, Senior Director of Product Development and Commercialization,
MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council
Chad Friese, General Manager, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company 
10:35 am Networking Break
11:00 am Innovations in Coproducts Panel
Moderator:  Perry Aasness, Executive Director, AgriGrowth
Eric Sannerud, Co-Founder, Mighty Axe Hops
Adam Asmus, Co-Founder, Agricultural Innovations 
Sue Marshall, CEO, NetZro
Richard Magnusson, Producer/Manager,
Magnusson Farms & Northern Excellence Seed LLC
12:10 pm Lunch & Networking Break
1:10 pm Industrial Hemp Innovations Panel
Moderator: Andrea Vaubel, Asst. Commissioner, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
Marc van Burck, Director of Global Services, Hemp Production Services
Roger Gussiaas, President, Healthy Oilseeds
Dr. Lin-P'ing Choo-Smith, VP, Product Development & FibreCITY,
Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc.
Cory Sharp, Owner, HempLogic
2:10 pm Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator 
Brett Brohl, Managing Director, Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator 
2:20 pm Entrepreneurial Innovation Pitch
Moderator: Lauren Pradhan, Director and General Manager, Grow North 
Adam Wagner, Co-Founder, Vertical Malt            
Dr. Goutham Vemuri, Chief Technologist, Sasya, LLC
Dave Goebel, CEO and Founder, enVerde, LLC
Dave Roeser, Founder and President, MNPHARM
2:45 pm Networking Break
3:15 pm Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Matt Carstens, Senior VP, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN
3:50 pm Nexus of Food and Health Panel
Moderator:  Annette Maggi, President & Owner, Maggi & Associates
Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, Chief Medical Officer & Founder, Step One Foods
Polly Olson, VP Business Development, Agropur, Inc.
John Garry, CEO, Development Corporation of Austin
Natalie Keane, Facility Utilization Director, Sprout-RxCSA Program
5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception
Spotlighting Ag Innovator of the Year, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company