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The Nexus of Food & Health is a Popular Place

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

This past October, during the first-ever Food Ag Ideas Week, AURI along with partners MyFormulary and Larta Institute co-hosted a special event called The Nexus of Food & Health. Minnesota has a rich history in both food science and medical innovation and advancing functional food innovations is a perfect fit to capitalize on the expertise […]

Seeing Around Corners: New Government Programs Can Increase Your Sales

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

One of the most common questions entrepreneurs and small business owners ask themselves is “how can I increase my sales?” The obvious answer for most is to grow the customer base, but that can only get a business so far. For most, the better solution is to increase the volume of units sold across all […]

Got Biomass?

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Are you seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues this year? Check out the updated Midwest Biomass Exchange website at – a free internet marketplace designed to connect buyers and sellers of woody and agricultural biomass. Users can place “For Sale” and “Wanted” ads for biomass that can be used as fuel for heating and […]

Pierz Company Chosen for Annual AURI Award: A Sunny Future for Smude Oil

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

The path to commercial success is rarely linear. Instead, it’s often chock full of twists, turns and unexpected challenges, something to which Tom and Jenni Smude can likely attest. The Smudes, who own Smude Enterprises, makers of Smude’s Sunflower Oil, have turned necessity into a thriving business that is being recognized as AURI’s 2018 Ag […]

2019 Research Themes: Focusing On The Year Ahead

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Within the vast world of value-added agriculture, it is important for an organization like AURI to keep efforts focused and true-to-mission year-after-year. One of the central methods AURI uses to accomplish this is by identifying key research themes and priorities to guide its efforts. These research themes represent the focus of the organization’s work and […]

Board Spotlight: Q&A with Board Member Larry Johnson

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

This quarter, Ag Innovation News is highlighting Larry Johnson. When we last spoke to Johnson in April of 2017, he was just getting settled into his new role as a Director. This time around we will delve into what he’s learned from his experiences so far and the role he plays on AURI’s Board of […]


Looking Forward

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Throughout 2018, AURI took a number of meaningful steps to strengthen the organization and provide the highest level of service and resources to clients. During the past year, AURI’s staff and Board of Directors undertook efforts to develop the organization’s first vision statement. After much discussion revolving around the organization’s values, strengths and purpose, the […]

AURI Seeks New Board Members to Further Value-Added Agriculture Innovation in Minnesota

Posted on October 24, 2018, in AURI News

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), seeks two diverse and highly skilled candidates to serve on its governing Board of Directors to fill open seats for a term of three years each. One of the open seats must be occupied by representatives from the agribusiness, while the other is an at-large seat, which is open […]

October Ag Update Newsletter

Posted on October 8, 2018, in Ag Innovation Update

Tariffs Provide Unique Window of Opportunity for Innovation

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By Ron Obermoller, AURI Chair In recent weeks and months, much has been written about the tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural exports, and arguments have been made on both sides of the trade proceedings. Regardless of the side on which you fall, one truth cannot be argued, it has contributed to lower farm gate prices. […]