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New Uses Forum 2018: Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation

Posted on January 6, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, AURI Events, AURI News, Events, News

For the second year in a row, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will host a New Uses Forum to highlight current and potential innovative uses for the agricultural commodities produced in the state and region. Scheduled for April 12, 2018, with a networking reception on the preceding evening. The theme, “Adding Value at the […]

Super Bowl LII Will Have Some PANACHE

Posted on January 6, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

By AURI For most of AURI’s clients, hard work and perseverance are critical to success. Most recently, food client, Panache, which makes a variety of infused apple juices and ciders, proved this. In the months leading up to the new year, Managing Partner, Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale and Marketing Director, Xavier Boulard’s efforts paid off when their […]

Board Spotlight: Q&A with board member, Jerry Hasnedl

Posted on January 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News, News

This quarter the Ag Innovation News brings you an interview with AURI board member, Jerry Hasnedl. Jerry has served with distinction for the last three years, representing Minnesota Farmers Union. In doing so, Jerry brings the necessary talents of critical thinking and problem solving to board meetings and offers unique insight in the area of […]

Taking the Next Step

Posted on January 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

The next generation of Hmong farmers is poised to step into value-added product arena by DAN LEMKE They may not raise corn, soybeans or wheat, or farm large parcels of land, but Minnesota’s Hmong American farmers have transformed the state’s urban agriculture and local food landscape. Now the next generation of Hmong farmers is poised […]

Craft Brewery Field Day

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

By AURI This past July, AURI and its client, Vertical Malt, hosted a Craft Brew Field Day in Crookston, MN, that brought together groups from throughout the craft brewing industry, from farmers to brewers. AURI saw it as an opportunity to highlight the successes of the project and the business itself, as well as offer […]

Minnesota: An Unparalleled Ecosystem of Innovation

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

The state of Minnesota has a long and storied history when it comes to food innovation. From developing the first truly winter hardy grape for wines that ushered in the state’s first vineyards, to the first commercial freight-cooling system, which allowed food delivery routes to increase exponentially, Minnesota is no stranger to finding food and […]

Board Spotlight: Q&A with board member, Ron Obermoller

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

This edition of the Ag Innovation News brings you an interview with AURI’s Board Chair, Ron Obermoller. Ron is a dedicated leader for the organization and brings a wealth of agricultural knowledge to the board, thanks to his many years as a farmer and leader in other commodity groups. As you will see, his insight into value-added […]

Popcorn Pair: Smude’s introduces microwave popcorn made with heart-healthy sunflower oil

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

By Liz Morrison Business is popping at Smude’s Sunflower Oil in Pierz. Seven years ago, Tom and his wife, Jenni, central Minnesota cattle farmers, began working with AURI to develop Minnesota’s first cold-press sunflower oil manufacturing company. Now, Smude’s Sunflower Oil is expanding into microwave popcorn. The fast-growing company’s newest product is made with Smude’s […]

Food Research and Development Lab

Posted on July 18, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

Located in AURI’s Marshall Facilities on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus, the food research and development lab is a unique resource for entrepreneurs and small food businesses throughout Minnesota. The goal of AURI’s Food Focus Area is to support the organization’s mission: to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value added agricultural products. […]

The Passionate Professionals

Posted on July 18, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

Food is a necessity for everyone, but for some it is a passion and a way of life, recognizing it as an opportunity. AURI is currently assisting a wide range of entrepreneurs, including trained chefs and food industry professionals who are using their knowledge and passion to help drive a local food renaissance. Brian Sadowski, […]