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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

They Call it ‘Food Building’

Posted on April 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

If Willy Wonka made sandwiches instead of candy, says Tom Brossart, he might have started “Food Building.” But instead it was the real-life Kieran Folliard, of Kieran’s Irish Pub fame, whose eyes began to twinkle at the idea of an artisanal sandwich factory. You don’t need a golden ticket to see with your own eyes how Red Table Meat Co. processes its pork.

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NutriVance

Posted on January 25, 2017, in Success Stories

Idea to Reality: With the increasing demand for fishmeal in fish feeds causing increases in prices AURI client NutriVance wanted to explore alternative feed ingredients for use in aquaculture feeds to replace fishmeal and reduce the cost of fish production. AURI’s Role: AURI assisted NutriVance in planning and executing feeding trials for this new, innovative […]

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Biobased Sealant Paves Way to the Future

Posted on July 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

Research findings by the United Soybean Board, suggest that biobased road sealants have a positive impact on road quality, the environment and city budgets.

EarthClean

Posted on July 22, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: EarthClean needed certification by the USDA Forest Service in order to use their corn-based firefighting product TetraKO to fight forest fires. The company also wanted to develop a liquid version. AURI’s role: AURI scientists are working with EarthClean on product development and testing. Outcomes: With testing and product development help from several of AURI’s […]