The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is soliciting proposals to supply process development expertise and services for deliverables on multiple priority projects. The common theme of these project is to produce value-added chemicals from agricultural commodities in partnership with AURI scientists.
About General Mills’ EPIC Product: EPIC set out to create the world’s first 100% Grass-fed meat, fruit, and nut bar. We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Open Innovation Challenge: Need 100% Grass-fed bison meat to support mission and business growth Scope of Solution Space: 100% Grass-fed Bison meat without the use of antibiotics or confined… Read More »Bison and Regenerative Agriculture
Idea to reality: EarthClean needed certification by the USDA Forest Service in order to use their corn-based firefighting product TetraKO to fight forest fires. The company also wanted to develop a liquid version. AURI’s role: AURI scientists are working with EarthClean on product development and testing. Outcomes: With testing and product development help from several of AURI’s scientists, EarthClean had commercial quantities of TetraKO powder available for the 2012-13 wildfire season, and… Read More »EarthClean
Idea to reality: Develop eco-friendly building materials, including window trim interiors and office furniture, that use ag fibers such as wheat straw fiber and polymers to improve the products. AURI’s role: AURI connected Bio-Plastic Solutions to North Dakota State University researchers that led to a network of resources such as the University of Minnesota, state universities in Winona and Mankato, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and Minnesota manufacturers — including a window… Read More »Bio-Plastic Solutions