Not since the mid 1970s has energy been such a hot topic. While we have not had a recurrence of long lines at service stations, in the past few months we have seen the price of gasoline approach or even exceed $2 a gallon. We’ve also witnessed California residents enduring rolling blackouts. These scenarios renew awareness of our reliance on energy.
Americans consume huge quantities of energy. From dozens of electrical appliances in the home and office to two or more vehicles in the driveway, we are a power-hungry society. And as our nation’s population and industries continue to grow, so does the energy demand.
Minnesota farmers produce some options to ease the energy crunch right in their own fields. From corn-based ethanol to soy-powered biodiesel to methane power, there are ag-based alternatives that can help supply renewable sources of energy.
In this issue of Ag Innovation News, we examine some of the ways agriculture is trying to take advantage of current circumstances. The demand for power may be exposing some opportunities for alternative energy sources like biofuels, which could fill a portion of our energy needs.
AURI is working hard with and on behalf of Minnesota producers to help equip them to react to this and other emerging opportunities.
For 2019 AURI categorized the research priorities into three broad, but distinct groups: Coproducts/Biobased/Renewables, Multi-Disciplinary and Food.
This quarter, Ag Innovation News is highlighting Larry Johnson. When we last spoke to Johnson in April of 2017, he was just getting settled into his new role as a Director. This time around we will delve into what he’s learned from his experiences so far and the role he plays on AURI’s Board of […]
As a service to our readers, we provide news about the work of others in ag utilization. Often, research done elsewhere complements AURI’s work. Read on to learn about blockchain technology in Australia and how spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells.
It has taken a lot of work, dedicated hours and collaborations to advance AURI’s programs and resources from its creation in 1989 to where it is today, but the investment of time, effort and resources is paying off. AURI is experiencing an explosion of innovative agricultural opportunities, especially in the focus areas of food, coproducts […]
BY DAN LEMKE Founders of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson were among the first to ride Minnesota’s growing ethanol wave. CVEC formed in 1995 and began processing corn into ethanol in 1996, becoming just the fifth enterprise in a state that now boasts 21 corn ethanol plants. CVEC’s Benson facility has the […]