AURI's meat program supports a healthy livestock and meat processing industry in Minnesota
Meat is big business in Minnesota – a $3 billion industry. Minnesota leads the country in turkey production, is number three in pork, and among the top ten in red meat production.
Most grain farmers agree that feeding their crops to livestock is one of the best ways to add value to wheat, corn or soybeans. And AURI understands that a healthy livestock industry is important to our state’s economy. Not only are producers impacted, but processors, marketers, distributors and retailers.
A decade ago, AURI demonstrated its commitment to the Minnesota meat industry by constructing a meat product development lab in Marshall, led by scientist Darrell Bartholomew and a staff of experts. AURI’s meat program has since helped hundreds of businesses develop and test production of new meat and poultry products – from pet treats to buffalo brats. AURI supports the development of new food safety technologies and such processes as the rinse and chill technique featured below, which increases the value of lower-quality cuts. The institute also offers food safety and processor training instruction to Minnesota businesses.
In this special section of Ag Innovation News, we highlight just a few of the ways AURI is helping to add value to Minnesota’s important livestock industry.
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, in response to an apparent lack of capacity or access to affordable, right sized manufacturing options in our state for growing, ready‐to‐scale small food and beverage businesses, requests proposals to assess the current state of Minnesota food and beverage manufacturing capacity/capability and identify gaps, opportunities, and strategies in supporting “ready‐to‐scale” […]
Project Overview and Objectives: The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture propose a study to better understand the market for Halal and Kosher meat products recognizing there is growing demand for such products in the region and that this could translate to a new opportunity for the State’s meat stakeholders. The […]
This past October, during the first-ever Food Ag Ideas Week, AURI along with partners MyFormulary and Larta Institute co-hosted a special event called The Nexus of Food & Health. Minnesota has a rich history in both food science and medical innovation and advancing functional food innovations is a perfect fit to capitalize on the expertise […]
The path to commercial success is rarely linear. Instead, it’s often chock full of twists, turns and unexpected challenges, something to which Tom and Jenni Smude can likely attest. The Smudes, who own Smude Enterprises, makers of Smude’s Sunflower Oil, have turned necessity into a thriving business that is being recognized as AURI’s 2018 Ag […]
For 2019 AURI categorized the research priorities into three broad, but distinct groups: Coproducts/Biobased/Renewables, Multi-Disciplinary and Food.