AURI Report Shows Green Jobs

A Crookston-based agriculture research organization’s recent report showing how it helps produce green jobs, those that are environmentally friendly, could help it as it seeks funds.

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, known as AURI, says emerging markets such as local food distribution, organics, urban agriculture and alternative farming techniques are areas where it produces results. And a key state lawmaker likes what he sees.

“There is a continued effort at the state legislature to create and retain jobs for Minnesotans, as well as to address our energy and environmental concerns,” said Rep. Al Juhnke, a House agriculture finance committee chairman.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty recommends cutting AURI’s budget in half, which officials say would decimate the program. Legislators are looking at how much they would fund it.