Erik Evans

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute





Another Strong Year for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute 

Newly Published 2017 Annual Report Tells the Story

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – February, 2018 – The newly published Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) documents another year of positive contributions to fostering long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. AURI provides a host of services and resources to assist clients in developing their innovations, creating new products and increasing the use of Minnesota agricultural products in four key areas: Renewable Energy, Biobased Products, Food and Coproducts.

“AURI initiated more than 135 new projects in 2017 and serviced more than 225 in all,” said executive director Shannon Schlecht. “Through our Innovation Network Program, we also hosted 16 events that drew more than 435 attendees. Reports generated from these events were viewed and downloaded more than 2,600 times.”

AURI estimates that since July, 2011, it has participated in project initiatives that have ultimately led to capital investments exceeding $89 million and created more than 500 jobs. During that period, gross annual sales from projects that included AURI assistance approached $74 million.

The 2017 annual report is available here, or hard copies may be requested by contacting Erik Evans at


About AURI

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) uses science and technology to help develop new uses for agricultural products. It partners with businesses and entrepreneurs to generate economic impact in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in four focus areas: biobased products, renewable energy, coproducts, and food. AURI provides a broad range of services, including applied research and development, scientific assistance, and a targeted network of resources to develop value-added uses for crops and coproducts.