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RENEWABLE Energy Profile:

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

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 […]

AURI invests in new positions, science and technology to respond to growing demand

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

“The thing that differentiates AURI from other organizations in the state is the research support we supply to lients and innovators across the state,” Rod Larkins

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 […]

Filling An Unmet Need

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

AURI’s Entrepreneur in Residence Program Provides Vital Resources for Innovators It’s not easy being on the cutting edge. Entrepreneurs and startup business face numerous hurdles on their path to success, but generating an innovative idea worth investigating isn’t usually one of those roadblocks. The challenge comes in having the right resources to take the concept […]

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

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 […]

Seeing Around Corners: Dust Busters

Posted on July 18, 2017, in Ag Innovation News

AURI’s “dust-busters” are looking for ways to get rid of nuisance dust from seed treatments. Many crop seeds are planted with a thin, multi-layer coating of pesticides, called a seed treatment. Seed treatments protect young plants from fungal diseases and early-season insect pests. For many Minnesota crops — corn, soybeans, cereal grains, potatoes — seed […]

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. […]