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Clean Label Guide

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Tools

AURI has produced a free Clean Label Guide that provides important information to help small- and medium-sized Minnesota food producers make the transition to product ingredients that make for a “clean label.” These are ingredients consumers perceive to be healthier or more natural alternatives to traditional ingredients like additives, preservatives, emulsifiers and sweeteners. For example, […]

Food Safety Resources

Posted on November 3, 2016, in Tools

The topic of safety in the production process is of the utmost importance to any entrepreneur or business that is developing food for commercial sales. Foodborne illnesses are a preventable, underreported public health problem, which place a burden on consumers while negatively affecting a company’s sales and brand. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) offers […]

Biomass Burner Initiative

Posted on March 26, 2013, in Tools

The increased cost of petroleum-based energy is leading many Minnesotans to seek alternative fuel sources that will serve their heat and energy needs economically, while reducing negative impacts on the environment. One increasingly important alternative fuel is biomass. Corn, wood, straw, grasses, and other forms of biomass are all being burned as viable sources of […]

Food Safety Interventions for Small Meat Processors

Posted on September 28, 2012, in Tools

View Food Safety Interventions Powerpoint By Carissa Nath, AURI Meat Scientist The livestock and meat industries have made huge strides over the last 10 to 15 years to ensure they are producing the safest food supply in the world. However, there continue to be a large number of foodborne illness outbreaks; a number of these […]

Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment

Posted on April 25, 2012, in Research, Tools

The objective of this study was to determine potential biomass resources within the Midwest for thermal heating applications in order to provide a “snapshot” of the Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment for presentation at the 2012 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo and for furthering the vision of the Heating the Midwest Initiative.  This was done, […]

Minnesota Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Tools

In 2011, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) solicited proposals to develop a Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide “for the replacement of high-cost heating fuels, such as propane and fuel oil, with biomass combustion heating systems.” The contract, awarded to DLF Consulting, resulted in this report, which will assist turkey producers and greenhouse operators in rural […]

Natural & Organic Meat Processing Guide

Posted on September 7, 2011, in Tools

Over the past 10-15 years the food industry has seen a push from consumers for products that are more “label friendly” or minimally processed. Often times this means developing products with as few added ingredients as possible. However, one of the biggest challenges to meat processors is the fact that the consumer still desires the […]

Crop Residue Valuation Template

Posted on October 12, 2010, in Tools

As interest grows in biomass to energy and other value added opportunities for Agricultural residues, AURI focused on the need to develop a useful tool to help individuals determine an accurate fertilizer replacement value for crop residue removal. The Crop Residue Valuation Template tool allows individuals to calculate the fertilizer replacement value of crop residue […]

AURI Fuels Initiative

Posted on May 1, 2009, in Research, Tools

The AURI Fuels Initiative II Brochure is provided to use as a general comparative guide for agricultural renewable fuels. The evaluated agricultural renewable fuel groups include grains, crop residues, grasses, and agricultural processing coproducts. View AURI Fuels Initiative II Brochure

Template for Estimating County Level Energy Use and Renewable Energy Potential

Posted on April 13, 2009, in Tools

Welcome to the AURI renewable energy template. This document contains instructions and data for estimating the renewable energy potential and energy demand for a county or region. The primary intent of the template is to provide a “how to” manual for inventorying biomass resources and determining local and/or regional markets for renewable energy. This tool […]