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Gunderson Health System’s wood biomass facility tour

Posted on September 3, 2015, in Partner Events

Are you interested in renewable energy with the potential to improve southeast Minnesota’s forest health? Did you know that woody biomass might be a good choice for renewable energy growth in Rochester and southeast Minnesota? If so, join this tour of Gundersen Health System’s Wood Biomass facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. WHEN: September 11, 2015, prompt […]

Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable

Posted on June 16, 2015, in AURI Events

View the full agenda The event will focus on biomass education and its potential use as part of the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester. Friday, July 17, 2015 9 am-3 pm Heintz Center Room HB117 1926 College View Road East Rochester, MN 55904 Register now free event This event has been a collaborative planning […]

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Science over the years

Posted on September 26, 2014, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News

The changing face of microbiology Humanity has relied on microbial fermentation for thousands of years for the production of wine, beer, yogurt and bread. Today, the significance of microbiology has not diminished with microbes still being used for the production of food and increasingly fuels and chemicals. The reduction in cost for genetic tools and […]

October Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable

Posted on September 10, 2013, in AURI Events

Register Now (free)! October 24, 2013 9:30 am-3 pm College of Saint Benedict Gorecki Center, Room 204 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374 Contact: Nan Larson, Rural Innovation Network  and Convening Director, at, or 507.537.6020 Tentative Agenda 9:30 a.m. Light snack and beverages available, networking 10:00 a.m. Welcomes and Overview 10:20 a.m. Department of Employment […]

AURI announces research initiatives

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Ag Innovation News

 —  by Amanda Wanke photos by Rolf Hagberg AURI recently announced 16 research initiatives for 2013. The projects in the organization’s core four focus areas—renewable energy, biobased products, coproducts and food—all aim to create new and improved products and processes in Minnesota’s agriculture industry in order to grow the economy and create new jobs. “Agriculture […]

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Renewable Energy Innovators

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Ag Innovation News, News

Since its inception in 2006, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable has been a unique partnership, bringing together people from across the renewable energy industry to spur innovation to make Minnesota a national and global renewable energy leader. Partnerships are essential to the roundtable, which is led by a planning team of representatives from the Minnesota […]

AURI Biomass Inventory Featured in Biomass Magazine

Posted on May 23, 2012, in AURI News

A recent article in Biomass Magazine highlighted the opportunity that biomass presents for the Midwest. “Heating with biomass has a wide range of potential benefits for the Midwest, including new jobs and increased uses of urban wood, logging residues, and agricultural grasses,” says Brian Brashaw, director of the Wood Materials and Manufacturing Program at the […]

Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment

Posted on April 25, 2012, in Research, Tools

The objective of this study was to determine potential biomass resources within the Midwest for thermal heating applications in order to provide a “snapshot” of the Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment for presentation at the 2012 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo and for furthering the vision of the Heating the Midwest Initiative.  This was done, […]

Minnesota Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Tools

In 2011, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) solicited proposals to develop a Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide “for the replacement of high-cost heating fuels, such as propane and fuel oil, with biomass combustion heating systems.” The contract, awarded to DLF Consulting, resulted in this report, which will assist turkey producers and greenhouse operators in rural […]

Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable

Posted on April 3, 2012, in AURI Events

July 24, 2012 The Sanford Center 1111 Event Center Dr NE Bemidji, Minn. Registration is now closed. Walk-in’s are welcome. We hope you are able to join us for the next Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable on July 24. The agenda includes thought-provoking presentations from LeAnn Oliver, senior advisor for clean energy and rural development for […]