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Cutting the cost of feed

Posted on April 11, 2014, in Ag Innovation News

–by Liz Morrison Soaring hay prices sparked innovation at a Raymond, Minn., feed company. Short supplies of alfalfa and skyrocketing prices forced Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers (MnVAP) to cut production of alfalfa feed pellets by more than 40 percent in 2013. But the co-op rebounded by developing a more economical and nutritious substitute for alfalfa […]

AURI’s busy pellet lab helps Minnesota companies test new ideas

Posted on January 1, 2012, in Ag Innovation News

AURI’s pilot lab in Waseca includes a state-of-the-art CPM11124 commercial pellet mill and many other essential milling tools. Entrepreneurs who come to AURI to test their ideas can be confident that lab results will be similar to those in commercial settings.

“We have assisted hundreds of Minnesota companies and individuals with pellet development,” says AURI scientist Al Doering who heads the pilot lab. “We’re also working on ways to turn a wide variety of potential energy crops into solid fuel pellets.”

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 […]

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 […]