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Stink Stoppers

Posted on January 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Barley isn’t just for beer and breakfast anymore. Research confirms that a natural enzyme in barley straw inhibits odor. “We’ve seen barley straw used successfully to control odor emitted from swine facilities, spread over lagoons to control odor and floated on lakes to control the spread of algae,” says Marvin Zutz, president of the Minnesota […]

Sold Out

Posted on January 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Corn Plus — a 40-million-gallon corn ethanol plant that runs on biomass power — sells out of its renewable ash fertilizer a year or more in advance. “The product is really popular,” says plant manager Matt Rynearson. “There’s definitely a market for the ash.” The Winnebago, Minn., ethanol maker generates most of its energy needs […]

The Dryer The Better

Posted on January 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Willmar, Minn. — Enquiring eyes watched with curious anticipation as the towering Micronex Kinetic Disintegration System growled into gear. The dryer system, recently installed at the Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers facility near Willmar, employs a new particle reduction technology that also creates heat to dry a product for processing. In MnVAP’s case, it’s alfalfa that […]

Growing Self-Sufficiency

Posted on July 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

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. […]

Char-crossed fuel

Posted on April 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

The challenge with biochar is holding it all together. The fine, black soot-like material is a byproduct of biomass gasification. Biochar could be used as a coal substitute if it could be compacted into granules or pellets for easy handling. AURI is working with the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson to solve this […]

Power Renewal

Posted on April 1, 2008, in Ag Innovation News

Priam, Minn. — A Minnesota cooperative has a new “power point.” Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers started plans to generate electricity from alfalfa stems 14 years ago. But after investing six years of effort and millions of dollars, the farmer-owned cooperative was forced to pull the plug on the project when its partners dropped out. Despite […]

An entrepreneurial farm family produces uncommon commodities

Posted on April 1, 2008, in Ag Innovation News

Altura, Minn. — The Kreidermachers aren’t your typical southeast Minnesota farm family. Besides hogs, they raise poinsettias, vegetables, bedding plants and perennials on a 160-acre farm — year round. Now the family is adding fuel pellets to their operation’s production list. Edward and Joyce Kreidermacher founded Pork and Plants in the 1980s. Their children Eric […]

Eagle soars in home heating

Posted on July 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Plainview, Minn. — City inspectors in Austin, Minn., were suspicious. The gas meter at one home didn’t register any natural gas use. Assuming the meter was faulty, they visited the home to inspect. The culprit, it turned out, was Sue Kruger and her renewable fuels company. With her husband Tom, Sue operates Eagle Bio-Fuels from […]

Burning for Business

Posted on October 1, 2006, in Ag Innovation News

Bird Island, Minn. – Like the pellets glowing in the nearby stove, Bob Ryan and Russ Koopman have warmed up to biomass fuel possibilities. They have even started a business producing biomass pellets for stoves. A mutual interest in finding alternative heat sources sparked their business. Ryan is experienced in home heating as operator of […]

Easing the sidestream flow

Posted on January 1, 2006, in Ag Innovation News

Waseca, MN — Ethanol is a triumph for Minnesota agriculture. The state’s annual production — 500 million gallons last year — was only 11 million gallons 15 years ago. And it’s likely to surge again in 2013 when a state provision could require a 20-percent ethanol blend in all gasoline sold here. But in the […]