Creating new uses

Ag Innovation Campus

The Ag Innovation Campus serves as an incubator for agricultural innovations, with a goal to foster new and novel products, create jobs and increase the value of agriculture in the region and state.

Ag Innovation Campus by the numbers

240 tons per day

The estimated amount of soybean meal produced daily, processed by 3 independently operated mechanic crush systems.

62, 400 tons per year

The amount of soybean meal to be processed annually.

324 days of operation

Number of days the AIC will operate the crushing facility.

Vision

The Ag Innovation Campus will be a host to a variety of private and public groups within agriculture by providing the tools and technology to expand value-added agricultural products while offering a campus suitable for real-world learning both in production agriculture as well as the technologies serving the campus.

Founding Members

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.

Behind AIC

AIC staff, officers and board members are all working together for the common goal of creating a space for development of new and innovative ideas and uses in the agriculture industry.

AIC Staff

Doug Monson
Doug Monson
Senior Director of Communications
Jim Lambert
Jim Lambert
Project Manager
Joe Smentek
Joe Smentek
AMS Executive
Melinda Roberts
Melinda Roberts
Director of Administration
Mike Youngerberg
Mike Youngerberg
Senior Director of Product Development & Commercialization
Scott Miller
Scott Miller
Financial Director
Seg Niebuhr
Seg Niebuhr
Senior Director of Technical Operations

AIC Officers

Gene Stoel
Gene Stoel
AIC Vice Chair
Jimmy Gosse
Jimmy Gosse
AIC Secretary
Mike Skaug
Mike Skaug
AIC Chair
Tom Frisch
Tom Frisch
AIC Treasurer

AIC Board Members

Craig Hoiseth
Craig Hoiseth
AIC Ex Officio Board Member
Dennis Egan
Dennis Egan
AIC Ex Officio Board Member
Shannon Schlecht
Shannon Schlecht
AIC Board Member
Tom Slunecka
Tom Slunecka
AIC Ex Officio Board Member
Trevore Brekken
Trevore Brekken
AIC Board Member

Testimonials

The Council sees the Ag Innovation Campus as a wise use of checkoff resources. The Campus will foster an environment for unlimited potential for value-added ag products. It will also add value to soybeans in the region and can boost rural economies throughout the state while expanding opportunities for farmers and industry alike.

Cole Trebesch

Cole Trebesch

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Chair 

Many people across our industries have played a role in this coming to fruition, and we’re looking forward to honoring all the parties who are doing their part to help improve the economic outlook for Minnesota agriculture.

Mike Skaug

Mike Skaug

AIC Chair