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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 […]

AURI STAFF COLUMN: SEEING AROUND CORNERS: Looking to the future of Biofuels      

Posted on January 6, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, Sidebars

By AURI Australian researchers are studying the possibility of turning crops like agave, hemp, or the native saltbush and wild-growing sorghum into biofuels of the future. Studies show that it’s possible to extract non-traditional plant oils and turn them into biodiesel for vehicles, machinery and even aviation fuel. Currently oils extracted from palm and soy […]

The DNA of Innovation: AURI Award Winner Has Long Value-Added History

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

BY DAN LEMKE Founders of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson were among the first to ride Minnesota’s growing ethanol wave. CVEC formed in 1995 and began processing corn into ethanol in 1996, becoming just the fifth enterprise in a state that now boasts 21 corn ethanol plants. CVEC’s Benson facility has 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 […]

AURI Facility Profile: Biobased Focus Area

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

 By AURI Biobased products enable the transition from traditional petroleum-based materials to agricultural resources in the production of plastics, films, building materials and chemicals. AURI supports clients through hands on technical assistance in the form of sample analysis in the AURI analytical laboratory, byproduct development in its pilot facility, and by working directly on site […]

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 […]

A Big Step for Better Service

Posted on January 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

Over the past six months, you’ve likely read about AURI taking new steps to further develop its business model. These steps are the result of a legislative audit and efforts to better align with the Minnesota State statute that governs the organization. The Minnesota legislature has been an amazing partner and supporter of AURI over […]

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 […]

RENEWABLE Energy Profile:

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

By AURI Renewable energy is important to Minnesota and the world at large because it offers the ability to power society from a clean and diverse set of sources. AURI understands its importance and plays a meaningful role in the exciting opportunities it offers by developing renewable energy from agricultural products. Even though AURI does […]

SEEING AROUND CORNERS: Rebuilding an Industry

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

By Dan Lemke After an absence of more than half a century, industrial hemp is making a limited return to Minnesota farm fields. In 2015, the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Development Act was passed allowing the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to create an industrial hemp research pilot program to study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of […]