Partnering for Progress
Partnering for Progress
–by Teresa Spaeth, AURI Executive Director
I recently came across this quote by Napoleon Hill, who is considered to be a great author on the topic of success, and it struck me because it sums up what AURI is all about. Our passion is helping Minnesota businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers succeed; and in order to do this effectively, we work with organizations across the state and country that bring to the table skills and expertise that complement those of AURI.
Our partnerships and collaborations range from organizations that offer grants and funding to those that provide services and networking; all of which are essential to the success of our clients.
In this issue, you’ll read several examples of partnerships that have been essential to success. Here are a few highlights:
- USDA: AURI recently was awarded a $68,000 grant from the USDA to help with the continued development of rural cooperatives; work AURI has been doing for several years. In addition, Clearbrook Elevator received a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant that was essential to their success.
- U of M: In this newspaper, you’ll most often read about the research we do in collaboration with the University, but in this issue you’ll see another way we partner—by sharing space. AURI now has offices on the University’s St. Paul campus, as well as at University locations in Crookston and Waseca.
- Private research organizations: In the article on possible new uses of wheat and barley, you’ll see how AURI partnered with Neil Doty of N.C. Doty & Associates and the Praxis Strategy Group to conduct the necessary research.
- Economic development organizations: In several articles are examples of collaboration between economic development organizations and AURI in order to build success for all of the involved partners. Collaborators highlighted in this issue include the Fergus Falls Economic Development Improvement Commission and Cooperative Development Services.
By helping other organizations succeed in their work, and thereby helping our clients succeed, we are building a stronger Minnesota.
PROJECT OVERVIEW AURI was interested in quantifying the contribution of its programs in Minnesota. Thus, you hired University of Minnesota Extension to conduct an economic contribution study. The economic contribution study measured the direct effect of AURI’s business assistance (operating revenues, capital expenditures, and jobs). AURI provided all required data to Extension. Extension then used […]
By AURI One of the most important issues faced by farmers and ag producers is that of nitrogen runoff from their fields into the surface water supply via tile drainage systems. This runoff of nitrogen has a negative effect on water quality, and contributes to a hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. However, a […]
Consumer demand for protein products expected to double by 2025. Can the Minnesota ag community benefit? In response to an ongoing rise in consumer demand for foods with increased protein content, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) released a new study exploring ways Minnesota’s agriculture sector could benefit from this trend. The 47-page report, available […]
AURI client Clean Plus, Inc. (CPI), a West Concord, Minnesota, company that has been in operation since 1982 and boasts about a dozen employees competes for 2018 World Bio Markets Biobased Product of the Year. CPI has several divisions that produce and distribute a variety of products, including Drip Trap® Granules, which are made from corn stalks and are used to contain and clean up spills such as chemicals, oil and fuel.
Camelina Open House Field Day: June 27, 2018 Southern Research and Outreach Center 12298 350th Avenue Waseca, MN Transforming Food, Fuel and Feed in Minnesota Waseca, MN. — The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) invite processors, food entrepreneurs, culinary professionals, growers, and the curious public to an […]