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AURI to Conduct Survey

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is dedicated to making its Ag Innovation News the most interesting, engaging and informative publication in the value-added agriculture sector. However, as it enters its 25th year of publication, the paper’s editorial staff understands that sometimes changes are necessary to stay current and meet the readers’ wants and needs. […]

Elsewhere in Ag Innovations

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives Spinach is no longer just a superfood; by embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. This is one of the first demonstrations of engineering electronic systems […]

New Uses Ag Innovation Forum

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

New Uses Ag Innovation Forum You may have read about the upcoming New Uses Ag Innovation Forum in this past October’s issue of the newspaper. This month AURI has an update on this big event with information on its location, registration and panel lineup. The New Uses Ag Innovation Forum will happen on March 22 […]

Innovation Celebration

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

Since 2002, AURI has recognized these kinds of businesses with the Ag Innovator of the Year award, presented to a Minnesota company that has shown innovation in the development of an ag-based product or process. The goal is to recognize the accomplishments of one deserving business and draw attention to value-added agriculture’s contributions to the state.

“We present this award to recognize innovation and excellence in Minnesota’s food and agriculture space,” says AURI Executive Director Shannon Schlecht. “AURI sees many great ideas from across the state and the award provides an opportunity to highlight a unique idea and innovative business.”

Alternative Protein is a Growing Market in the Food Arena

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

AURI is seeing much more activity in the alternative protein arena thanks to significant innovations in food products. This is a global trend recently explored by Lux Research who reported that “the demand for alternative proteins, beyond fish and meat…will grow at 14 percent annually by 2024.” Many food innovators are exploring new formulations to impact the existing protein supply chain. Total protein demand will double to 943.5 million metric tons in 2051, according the new report.

Minnesota’s BioEconomy Production Incentive

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

Minnesota has built a strong foundation for the biofuel and forest products industries, so the Minnesota legislature’s passing of the BioEconomy Production Incentive in 2015 was a significant step in advancing the state as a global center for bioeconomy project development. The goal is incentivising utilization of the state’s abundant agricultural and forestry feedstocks to add value to local economies and develop sustainable fuels and chemicals.

Board Spotlight

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

This month the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute will say goodbye to John Goihl one of its longest sitting board members. Goihl has served three consecutive terms (the maximum allowed by AURI), representing agribusinesses and Minnesota Pork Producers. Recently Ag Innovation News sat down with him to talk about his business, his time with AURI and some of the highlights from his nine years on the board of directors.

Ag Innovation News Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

It all began in January of 1992 when the first issue went out to 4,000 subscribers who read former Executive Director Richard Nelson’s thoughts on what the paper would be. He wrote “…these pages will offer a sampling of AURI’s accomplishments in ag product commercialization, technology transfer and applied research…there will also be news of important progress in agricultural utilization wherever it occurs.”

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Research Initiative Updates

Posted on October 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

BY AURI In January 2016, AURI announced the launch of 13 research initiatives related to one or more of the organization’s four focus areas: renewable energy, biobased products, coproducts and food. The goal of each initiative is to develop new or improved products and processes that utilize Minnesota agricultural products and create added value. While […]

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Teachable Moments

Posted on October 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

Carissa Nath’s world is filled with teachable moments. As meats scientist at AURI’s Marshall office and operator of the organization’s meat laboratory, Nath interacts with a wide range of Minnesota clients looking to develop or refine food products.