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Trends for 2012

Posted on December 23, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

Taking a quick peek ahead, here is what you might see in 2012! Food – Opportunities for Minnesota’s food entrepreneurs continue to grow. In 2012, look for AURI to continue working hard in the food lab doing nutritional analyses, food labels, and product development support for these entrepreneurs. Changing regulations and increased focus on food […]

Information to Digest

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

AURI scientist Alan Doering recently gave Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy board a lot of information to digest. Doering gave a presentation at the October NextGen board meeting, highlighting new markets and new opportunities for dairy digester solids, the leftovers from anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. These potential uses including livestock bedding, fertilizer and being used […]

AURI Staff Column Seeing Around Corners

Posted on July 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

For years, most businesses considered ag processing leftovers nothing more than waste. Now some of those businesses are looking at novel ways to capture revenue from those “waste” streams. Here, at AURI’s coproduct utilization lab in Waseca, “waste” has been stripped from our vocabulary. Byproducts with low or even negative value now can become an […]

Dairy Green

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Morris, Minn. — First cow beds, now garden beds. A leading Minnesota milk producer is expanding the uses for anaerobically-digested dairy manure solids. Riverview LLP, which milks 30,000 cows in Stevens and Swift counties, hopes to market its digested manure solids as a garden soil amendment and peat alternative. AURI is helping Riverview characterize the […]

Milk & More

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Stevens County, Minn. — Minnesota’s largest milk producer makes more than moo juice. Since its founding in 1976, Riverview has grown steadily, becoming a leader in Minnesota’s dairy sector and developing a reputation for innovation. “Riverview sets the standard for the industry,” says AURI scientist Al Doering, who has worked with the company on several […]

Nursery Sells Riverviews Digested Solids to Gardeners

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Jan Anderson is doing a lively trade in Riverview’s anaerobically-digested dairy manure solids, which she whimsically markets as “reconstituted grains from Riverview Dairy.” Anderson and her husband, Lloyd, operate Anderson Acres, a nursery business near Alberta, Minn., not far from Riverview’s home dairy. The Andersons have been in the nursery business for 11 years. They […]

Great Lakes Region Food Industry Biogas Casebook

Posted on March 1, 2011, in Research

Food and beverage producers have been using anaerobic treatment of their production wastewaters for decades. These systems have become increasingly popular in recent years for both economic and environmental reasons. As energy costs have risen, the reduced energy intensity of anaerobic digester treatments over aerobic treatment options has presented a clear cost advantage for facilities […]

Franken keynotes Roundtable event

Posted on July 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

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 […]

Coproducts Programs Finds Gold in Waste

Posted on April 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

Something old can be made new again. At AURI’s coproducts lab in Waseca, we take what once was called waste — vegetable peels, corn stalks, animal manure, ash, other leftovers — and help entrepreneurial businesses turn it into mulch, pelleted fuel, hog mats and a myriad of other value-added products. The mission of AURI’s Coproducts […]

A digestible idea

Posted on April 1, 2008, in Ag Innovation News

Anaerobic digestion could boost ethanol plant profits by millions of dollars — and make corn ethanol “greener.” That’s the finding of a new AURI-sponsored study that showed the feasibility of making methane and fertilizer from thin stillage, dissolved corn solids left over from ethanol production. “Ethanol plants could potentially become energy independent if all the […]