Jul–Sep 2014, Vol. 23, No. 3
Ag Innovation News
–by Jonathan Eisenthal As do most couples, Mike Davis and Mali Kouanchao have a unique love story. While the Tennessee native and the Laotian-American were falling in love with each other, Davis also fell in love with something else—his in-laws’ Lao cooking. And while all of the family recipes were unique and tasty, it was […]
–by Liz Morrison A cheaper, cleaner diesel engine fuel is on the horizon. Engineers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Diesel Research are developing technology to use hydrous ethanol as the primary fuel in diesel engines. Hydrous ethanol contains more water than traditional anhydrous ethanol and costs less to make. The research, supported by […]
–by Liz Morrison The top-selling steak at Big Steer Meats in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the “Al Capone”—a butterflied chuck-eye steak stuffed with hard salami, capicola, green olives, and provolone cheese. It’s seasoned and ready for the grill, complete with detailed cooking instructions. The Al Capone Steak, which won an Innovative Beef Award from the […]
–by Liz Morrison When Carissa Nath was working on her graduate degree in meat science, people used to say, “Oh, so you’re going to be a meat inspector?” Some meat scientists do indeed work as federal or state inspectors in packing plants. But meat science is much broader. Nath works with Minnesota’s small meat processors […]
The meat industry employs what are called interventions throughout meat processing to improve the quality, safety, and functionality of meat products. This concept is known as the multi-hurdle concept. Several interventions, also known as barriers or hurdles, have to be put into place in order to prevent harmful bacteria from making their way into the final product.
AURI is aiming to find out the current state of and opportunities for growth in the ag processing industry in a first-of-its-kind analysis. “One of AURI’s strategic goals is to strengthen Minnesota’s ag processing industry in order to increase demand for agriculture commodities, create jobs, and grow the economy,” explains Jen Wagner-Lahr, AURI senior director […]
Minnesota has tremendous strengths and assets in agriculture and the related biosciences. If we can harness those strengths by supporting our business and entrepreneurs in this industry and giving them the tools they need for success, we can create jobs and economic growth for rural Minnesota.
–by Jonathan Eisenthal For the many Americans who are trying to get fit, running sounds like a great way to get in shape. But running after kids, running errands, and running the laundry machine can be exhausting to many parents and adults—leaving them sapped of the time and energy for good nutrition and true exercise. […]