AURI Connects: Webinar Wednesday is a monthly webinar series hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. Each webinar explores different aspects of the food and ag sectors in Minnesota—from resources for food entrepreneurs to innovations in coproducts and biobased energy.
Webinars take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 12 pm – 1 pm. Registration is free and open to the public.
November 12th, 2020 (Thursday)
Dr. Claire Sand of Packaging Technology and Research presents sustainable packaging concepts for fresh ground beef that can improve consumer confidence by providing tangible and visible demonstrations of the beef industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
December 9th, 2020 – Flexible Manufacturing Assessment Highlights
AURI presents a webinar on the current state of the industrial hemp industry in Minnesota and opportunities surrounding hemp fiber, food, fuel and feed.
Dr. Claire Sand of Packaging Technology and Research shares the results of a novel research project focused on identifying opportunities to sustainably reduce food loss and waste in Minnesota food processing and explore new uses for food waste.
Elena Byrne from Renewing the Countryside covers the challenges and gaps that deter local sourcing by food manufacturers while also sharing potential solutions.
Please join University of Minnesota project researchers Dr. Jim Anderson and Dr. George Annor as they discuss current findings in a multi-year research project to increase wheat digestibility through the identification of wheat varieties and the exploration of fermentation as a processing technique to reduce FODMAPs in wheat food products.
Ariel Kagan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s strategy and innovation specialist, shares insights from the Halal and Kosher Meat Market Assessment Project about these markets and what they may mean for your farm or work.
Jason Robinson, AURI project development director, takes attendees through the "Packaging Guide for Scaling Food Businesses." This guide from AURI is a free resource designed to help entrepreneurs and food businesses navigate packaging considerations and make the best decisions for their situations.