There is nothing quite like the feeling that comes from a job well done. The satisfaction from putting sweat and effort into a successful project is a reward unto itself.
At AURI, that’s the way we feel when our efforts lead to the development of a new product or the identification of a new market opportunity.
Yet with every success, there is a realization that more needs to be done. There is more research to conduct, more technical troubleshooting and problem-solving to make ag businesses viable, more producers to impact. And ultimately, there are more success stories waiting to be told.
At its base, AURI’s mission has always been to provide unique assistance to develop new uses and processes for Minnesota commodities. By providing producers with opportunities to capture more value from what they grow, these new uses are key to strengthening the rural economy. Producers and processors appear to recognize this fact, because the need for AURI assistance has not diminished over time.
On a monthly basis, AURI averages 25 to 30 new projects. These emerging opportunities are added to a list of more than 200 other active projects receiving AURI support. While not all will result in new products or business formations, some will. These successful ventures provide the activity that helps keep the rural economy pumping.
Given the number of opportunities and ideas continually brought forward, there are many needs that remain unmet. But AURI is committed to meeting those needs in our efforts to benefit rural Minnesota.
Now, if you will excuse me, there is work to be done.
A troubled rural economy that spurred creation of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute 20 years ago differs from today’s troubles. But AURI’s key tool to help rev the economy is still innovation. The 1980s was a difficult decade for American farmers. In the Midwest, thousands of families lost their homes and farms amid a serious […]
Marshall, Minn. — AURI’s “oilman” retires July 1. Max Norris joined AURI in 1990, soon after it was founded. He organized the Institute’s laboratories and led fats and oils research and technical services for nearly two decades. Norris headed up AURI’s early biodiesel initiatives, the first such efforts in the state. And he guided successful […]
The time is right. After more than eight years as AURI executive director, it’s time for me to turn over the reins of this fine organization, move to the next chapter of my life and enjoy retirement. I leave AURI in a position of strength. By focusing on our core strengths of technical and feasibility […]
Crookston, Minn. — Fifteen years ago, Teresa Spaeth left suburban Indianapolis for rural Mahnomen to help take over her husband’s family farm. Today she is totally immersed in agriculture and rural life. Her expertise and devotion to rural economic development led to Spaeth’s appointment as AURI’s executive director in February. The position started March 5. […]
The phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ is not necessarily true of agricultural products. Corn isn’t just corn. Soybeans aren’t just soybeans. Wheat isn’t just wheat. All these commodities contain smaller components — oil, starch, germ — that may have as much value as the whole grain, sometimes more. And […]