Apr–Jun 2012, Vol. 21, No. 2
Ag Innovation News
Lamberton, Minn. — After working on agricultural development in West Africa, Kathleen Batalden Smith and her husband Justin Smith came home to rural Minnesota and began some ag development of their own. Kathleen and her family are growing and bottling organic camelina oil for the health food market. Camelina is a traditional oilseed related to […]
Agristrand Mankato, LLC plans to manufacture soybean-straw door cores and furniture panels — a renewable alternative to wood particleboard. The $10.25 million start-up has purchased the former Environ Biocomposites factory in Mankato and is set to begin production this spring. Agristrand Soy Board is a rare value-added use for soybean straw, says Agristrand board member […]
AURI is joining forces with a six-state consortium that wants biomass to heat up the nation’s heartland. Heating the Midwest is a newly-formed biomass group with industry, government, nonprofit, university and tribal representatives from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. All have an interest in promoting the use of agricultural or woody […]
New Prague, Minn. — Consumers who love their probiotics may be smiling with thick, white mustaches. A new drinkable yogurt has been released by Cedar Summit Farm, a fourth-generation family business in southeast Minnesota. The creamy beverage is available in tangy-plain and lightly-sweetened vanilla flavors in quart-size glass returnable bottles. “It’s just delicious,” says AURI […]
The role of AURI board chair is a natural fit for Ron Obermoller, who was elected to the position on January 19. A lifelong farmer, with a background in animal science and agronomy, he has been passionate about ag research since a young age. “You’re creating the future,” says Obermoller, whose 800-acre farm has been […]
Amanda Wanke joined AURI in January as director of communications. She oversees AURI’s communications efforts including the organization’s website, print materials, electronic newsletter, tradeshow displays and media outreach. Prior to AURI, Wanke was director of communications for Bethel University, which is located in St. Paul, Minn., and serves more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and seminary […]
With this issue of Ag Innovation News, managing editor Cindy Green steps down as the leader of a publication she helped launch in 1992. For two decades — first as AURI’s communications director, and later as a freelance editor — Green set the standard for Ag Innovation’s lively stories and engaging photos and graphics. “So […]
Renewable fuel advocates have high hopes for cellulosic ethanol — made from plant waste rather than corn. Reality may take a little longer.
Editor’s Note: This ongoing feature updates readers on activities, projects and events in AURI’s four primary focus areas. For more information, visit auri.org. Food Products – Meaty presentations AURI has been busy this winter connecting with meat processors across Minnesota. In March, AURI meat scientist Carissa Nath gave a presentation on antimicrobial interventions, and their […]
AURI is leading the way in Minnesota agricultural innovation. To better articulate that vision to a growing audience, we’ve made some changes to our logo and visual identity.
Editor’s note: As a service to our readers, we provide news about the work of others in ag utilization. Often, research done elsewhere complements AURI’s work. Please note that ARS is the USDA’s research division. Driving with sweet tires Drivers could soon be traveling on more sustainable tires. A technology is being tested to replace […]
Minneapolis, Minn. — Larry Shiller’s mom died three years ago at age 98. Her chocolate macaroons live on. In 2009, when Shiller decided to produce gluten-free macaroons for the commercial market, he couldn’t think of a better way to honor his mom than give his business her maiden name: Lily Bloom. Minnesota-made Lily Bloom’s Kitchen […]