The new Ag Innovation Campus in Crookston, Minnesota held its grand opening on September 14.
As a not-for-profit crush facility, the AIC will produce an estimated 240 tons of soybean meal daily, equaling a grand total of 62,400 tons of soybean meal per year. With three independently operated mechanic crush systems, the AIC will be able to crush organic, non-GMO and GMO soybeans.
The event included tours of Northern Crops Institute and Riverview Waukon Dairy.
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Interviews/AudioAIC grand opening remarks 54:38
Tom Slunecka – Acting AIC CEO and CEO of Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council/Ag Management Solutions
Mike Skaug – local farmer and Chair of the AIC Board
Tom Frisch – Chair of the MSR&PC Board/AIC Board Member
Bob Worth – Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) President
Dale Stainbrook – Crookston, MN mayor
Janelle Wald – Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce
Karstyn Cantrell – FFA Central Region Vice President, Oklahoma
Rep. Debra Kiel (R) District: 01B – MN House of Representatives from Crookston
Minnesota State Sen. Mark Johnson
Ben Lien – representing Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Shannon Schlecht – Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) executive director
Thom Petersen – commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture AIC interview with Tom Slunecka, AIC Acting CEO 8:37 AIC interview with Mike Skaug, AIC Board chair 4:33 AIC interview with Tom Frisch, MSR&PC Board chair 2:10 AIC interview with Kent Meyers, AIC Plant Manager 6:33 AIC interview with Mark Jirik, Northern Crops Institute 3:32 AIC interview with David Yost, Riverview Waukon Dairy 3:17