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Working for the future

May 6, 2010
By Dan Lemke


It's not often you get the chance to talk about the future to those who are likely to shape it, but that's exactly what happened this past week in St. Paul as thousands of the best and brightest gathered together in celebration of agriculture.

AURI was proud to participate in the 81st annual state FFA Convention on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. More than 3,000 future leaders from across the state participated in the annual event that featured personal development, competitions, exposure to career options and a multitude of educational opportunities.

Since FFA is all about developing leaders, particularly for the agricultural industry, it is only fitting that AURI would participate in the activities. Since we are an organization that seeks to develop new uses and new markets for agricultural products, AURI and FFA have a shared passion for building a bright future for agriculture in Minnesota.

AURI expertise was on display to help strengthen the next generation of agricultural leaders. AURI meat scientist Carissa Nath brought her knowledge and experience to the event by assisting in the meats judging portion of the state convention. Alan Doering and I conducted a workshop highlighting the emerging opportunities in value-added agriculture.

Since many advances in value-added agriculture involve technology or process advances, FFA members could see first hand how a career in agriculture could take many forms. From on-farm agricultural producers to scientists, marketers, policy-makers and teachers, the entire agricultural industry continues to make a positive impact and is in need of the next generation of ag leaders to take a role in the future development of the industry.

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