Ag Innovation News

Apr–Jun, 2011

Vol. 20, No. 2

This edition of Ag Innovation News was originally published in approximately April of 2011.

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Morris, Minn. — First cow beds, now garden beds. A leading Minnesota milk producer is expanding the uses for anaerobically-digested dairy manure solids. Riverview
Stevens County, Minn. — Minnesota’s largest milk producer makes more than moo juice. Since its founding in 1976, Riverview has grown steadily, becoming a
AURI has considerable experience helping Minnesota entrepreneurs develop and test products for the nursery, landscape and gardening sectors. Some of the nursery industry products
Consumers are demanding more environmentally-friendly products; Minnesota plastics manufacturers are paying attention. The recently-released Renewable Materials Report for AURI, conducted by the Russell Herder
Minneapolis, Minn. — In the late 1990s, Enrique and Noelia Garcia were making traditional Mexican tamales for friends. Today they make tamales for 250
Green chemistry, an emerging scientific approach, focuses not just on a final product, but also on coproducts and production processes that are sustainable. It’s
Biodegradable mouse Fujitsu is now producing the world’s first biodegradable computer mouse. The ECO mouse is made from renewable BIOGRADE® material, rather than plastic,
But agriculture still has a big impact on urban folks. Agriculture is the state’ second largest employer, and 80 percent of the industry’s jobs are
Marshall, Minn. — “Recall” is an alarming word food for companies, especially when it’s caused by contamination. The ramifications can be long lasting and
Crookston, Minn. — Biomass and people have one thing in common; it’s what’s inside that counts. A major challenge to producing biomass fuel is
Paul Simonsen represents the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. He farms near Fairfax, Minn. State Representative Rod Hamilton chairs the Agriculture and Rural