Jul–Sep 2010, Vol. 19, No. 3
Ag Innovation News
Plymouth, Minn. — Katie Sanchez was trying to make apple jelly. She made a mistake — which turned into a thick sugar that tastes like honey. After two years of product development, Sanchez just turned out 3,000 bottles of the accidental Bee-Free Honee for Whole Foods Market in the Twin Cities. And she’s negotiating with […]
Cannon Falls, Minn. — For millions of Americans, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is all about the aroma of a bronze-baked turkey pulled from the oven — a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. But for turkey producers, it’s a challenge convincing consumers they should enjoy the big bird year-round. Minnesota producer John […]
The rains stopped and a sunflower oil business sprouted in central Minnesota. “A couple years ago, when there was a drought, I was looking for a crop that could grow on poor soils, and I checked into sunflowers,” says Tom Smude, a cattle and feed-crop farmer. With his wife Jenni, Smude is now cold-pressing sunflower […]
Blooming Prairie, Minn. — Building products, made by a southern Minnesota extrusion company, have a material difference. Bio-Plastic Solutions, LLC is manufacturing durable furniture parts and building components from corn-based plastic. The company is one of the first in the nation to use renewable polymers in plastic profile extrusion, a process for making continuous plastic […]
Minnesota could become a leader in the new bioplastics industry, says Denny Timmerman, AURI project director. The state already has clusters of renewable-materials companies that are converting agricultural products into biofuels, chemicals and bioplastics. The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota reports that more than 75 Minnesota academic, private and public organizations are now involved in biomass […]
Seeing better with corn ARS scientists and an international team of researchers have found a way to boost beta-carotene levels in corn that could help prevent blindness and weakened immune systems in children living in developing countries. Corn contains carotenoids, some of which the body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is the best vitamin A […]
Bruce Stockman Project development director Bruce Stockman, former long-time executive director of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, has joined AURI as a project development director, assisting value-added ventures in southeast Minnesota. “Most of my career has been in agri-business,” says Stockman who grew up on a grain […]
AURI is a science-based institute. We offer clients technical assistance and laboratories to put innovative concepts through rigorous testing, analysis, development and scale-up for commercial markets. Our resources are limited; we can’t add every flashy piece of equipment or software that comes out. But we strive to maintain equipment that is up-to-date with industry standards. […]
Fergus Falls, Minn. — While describing himself as just “a guy with a vote in the United States Senate,” Sen. Al Franken told participants at a June 4 Renewable Energy Roundtable event that more needs to be done in Washington to support alternative energy. “It’s clear that we have to change federal energy policy,” the […]
Marshall, Minn. — Mark Altman has covered a lot of turf in his career. The agronomist has worked in well-known sports venues such as Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots; Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies; Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, home of the College World Series. […]
Businesses we work with are developing ag-based products that lead to opportunities, economic activity and jobs. They deserve our recognition.
This year, AURI’s annual Ag Innovator of the Year award goes to Suntava.
Benson, Minn. — Curious onlookers scrunched in ear plugs to suppress the hum of a diesel generator. It powered a cyclonic dryer that “whirled” moisture out of corn cobs. The demonstration highlighted an AURI dryer technology event that introduced Minnesota agri-processors to innovative equipment that could help their businesses. It is part of AURI’s new […]