Larta CEO, Rohit Shukla, will be one of two keynote speakers at the upcoming the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) Forum in Minnesota.
AURI Forum to Tackle New Uses for Ag Products
“There are so many exciting things happening around innovations and opportunities to develop new uses for Minnesota’s diverse crops and agricultural products,” said Shannon Schlecht, AURI executive director. “Participants are sure to leave with a greater awareness of resources and opportunities available and hopefully energized about moving new and innovative utilization ideas forward.”
The event includes panel discussions with question-and-answer sessions, networking opportunities and speakers from universities, commodity groups, financial companies, government agencies and farm membership organizations.
There are two keynote speakers: Chris Mallett, corporate vice president of research and development for CargillCorp., and Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta institute, a Los Angeles-based organization that seeks to assist “the transformation of technology ideas into solutions.”
A welcome session begins at 6:30 p.m. March 21.Sessions on March 22 begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.The conference’s primary goal is “to bring people together under the common goal of encouraging new growth and
innovation here in Minnesota,” Schlecht said.
AURI provides services in four general areas: food, biobased products, renewable energy and coproducts, also known as byproducts, such as dried distiller’s grain.
The organization has 25 full-time employees, many of them scientists or business experts, and operates sites in Crookston, Waseca, Marshall and St. Paul, Minn. About three-quarters of its $4.5 million annual budget is taxpayer money approved by the Minnesota Legislature, and the rest comes from federal grants and partnerships with other groups.
Attendees must register for the March 21-22 conference. More information and to register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edn98jdy2506343d&llr=btf8y8cab
Agweek profiled AURI and its work in magazine and TV stories last summer: http://www.agweek.com/news/business-and-technology/4062796-video-minnesotas-auri-finds-new-uses-ag-products