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Next Generation Nutrition

Posted on April 29, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

Big ideas can come from very small beginnings. In the case of one Minnesota company, fermentation of a low value agriculture byproduct is the foundation for an innovative process that yields high-protein feed ingredients. Minneapolis-based startup Sanos Nutrition plans to produce amino acid-balancing single-cell protein ingredients for animal feed. The ingredients would be sustainable sources […]

Board Spotlight: Q&A with Board Member Jerry Hasnedl

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

This quarter, Ag Innovation News highlights board member and vice chair Jerry Hasnedl. Jerry represents Minnesota Farmers Union and as AURI’s Vice Chair he brings critical thinking and problem solving to board meetings, offering unique insight in the area of value-added agriculture. AIN: You’ve now been a board member for a number of years—what are some […]

Open Innovation and the Reverse Pitch: The future of problem solving

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

As you may have heard, AURI partnered with some of the world’s largest and most influential food and ag companies last month to host a unique event dedicated to novel problem solving. The event was so unique, in fact, it turned the traditional model of pitching novel ideas 180 degrees by utilizing a “reverse pitch” […]

High Hopes for High Oleic

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

Soybean oil was once the gold standard for cooking oil, garnering a large share of the domestic market. It was in abundant supply and the strong oil markets helped support the price of soybeans. More than a decade ago, an issue with trans-fats changed the equation and started a chain reaction that devastated the soybean […]

Food Packaging Guide

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

As part of fulfilling our mission to foster longterm economic benefit for Minnesota through support of value-added agriculture, AURI often assists entrepreneurs in commercializing their innovative new products or businesses. One of the core challenges most entrepreneurs face is the transition from self-manufacturing and distribution to manufacturing and distribution through a professional supply chain. In […]

Seeing Around Corners

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

In today’s consumer market, where customers are just as concerned with production practices as they are with ingredients, cold pressed foods are seeing a surge in popularity. This is due, in large part, to the positive perception of cold pressed juices, oils and other consumables compared to other common extraction processes. The prominence of cold […]

AURI Quantifies its Economic Impact on the State of Minnesota

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

AURI’s mission is to foster long-term economic impact for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. It measures its success by looking at the number of projects opened and completed in a given year, new products created, additional commodities utilized and the economic impact it had on the state. To that end, AURI contracted with the University […]

AURI Elects New Board Members

Posted on April 3, 2019, in Ag Innovation News, News

AURI recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors! During its January meeting, the AURI Board elected a new director from agribusiness and its first-ever at-large director. Each director will serve a three-year term on the Board, providing guidance to the Executive Director and staff. Additionally, the new Minnesota House of Representatives appointed […]

Upcoming Event to Highlight Food and Ag Innovations New Uses Forum 2019: Accelerating Ag Innovation and Investment

Posted on February 28, 2019, in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Erik Evans (612) 704-1120 eevans@auri.org SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 26, 2019) – The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Compeer Financial and Georgetown University’s Rural Opportunity Initiative are partnering to conduct the 3rd annual New Uses Forum. The theme for this year’s event, which will be held on March 27-28, 2019 at the […]

The “Reverse Pitch” Comes to Minnesota: Ag and Food Leaders to Seek Fresh Ideas from Entrepreneurs and Researchers

Posted on February 25, 2019, in AURI News

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL—On March 27, some of the world’s largest and most influential food and agricultural companies will gather to present “reverse pitches” to an audience of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and subject-matter experts. The businesses will talk about distinctive industry challenges and invite the audience to propose solutions. Reverse pitches are helping companies speed innovation in […]