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Renewable energy revs up the rural economy

Posted on April 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Minnesota farmers will be harvesting more green power, thanks to AURI’s Center for Producer-Owned Energy. In its first two years, CPOE helped develop ethanol, biodiesel, biomass gasification, manure digestion, community wind power and renewable energy coproducts, says Max Norris, CPOE director. With a $1 million USDA grant, plus private sector matching grants, CPOE has backed […]

Reaping Willows

Posted on January 1, 2004, in Ag Innovation News

Waseca, Minn. – Skinny sticks with sporadic tufts of brown and gold leaves, five-foot willow shrubs stretch skyward, soaking up the last rays of the evening sun. In a few years, these shrubs could power lights needed when the sun goes down. Willows grown on this four-acre plantation at the University of Minnesota Southern Research […]

Midwest states champion value-added agriculture

Posted on July 1, 2003, in Ag Innovation News

Midwest states with significant agricultural industries have recognized the role value-added agriculture plays in keeping a state economy strong. Advancing new opportunities for producers and opening new markets for commodities is a key to economic sustainability. Naturally, states do not all take the same approach to value-added opportunities. Several have grant programs; others offer technical […]

Opportunities – Nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals

Posted on January 1, 2003, in Ag Innovation News

Comfort foods — steaming oatmeal, spaghetti with tomato sauce, roast beef with garlic potatoes — are good not only for the soul, but also the heart and immune system. Oatmeal contains beta glucan fibers that reduce cholesterol; lycopene in spaghetti sauce may reduce the risk of prostate cancer; psyllium fibers in pasta may reduce the […]

How AURI Works Part IV

Posted on October 1, 2002, in Ag Innovation News

Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a series exploring AURI’s structure and services. Previous segments covered AURI’s mission, programs, and business and technical services. We now explore AURI’s forward-looking efforts to identify opportunities in value-added agriculture. Since World War II, cheap petroleum has fueled our economy. Not only does oil run our transportation […]

Rising from the grasses

Posted on July 1, 2002, in Ag Innovation News

New Prague, Minn. — Sometimes little things make the biggest differences. For Dave and Florence Minar, it was letting their cows eat grass. That grass-fed beginning led to an on-farm creamery producing dairy products high in Omega-3s, Florence says. This spring, their Cedar Summit Farm brand became available in Twin Cities health food stores and […]

How AURI Works Part II

Posted on April 1, 2002, in Ag Innovation News

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series exploring AURI and the services it provides Minnesota. The first segment surveyed AURI’s mission and projects; this section looks at who AURI helps and how to gain AURI assistance. Next time, we’ll focus on AURI’s technical services, including its scientists, technologists, pilot plants and laboratories. […]

New meats on the menu

Posted on October 1, 2001, in Ag Innovation News

Minnetonka, Minn. — Need elk? Minnesota leads the nation in producing elk meat and antlers. The state’s 264 elk farmers are pioneers in the small but growing specialty meats industry. Farmers are showing interest in other livestock, too, including goat, lamb, bison, rabbit, ostrich, deer, duck, pheasant and free-range poultry, says Lisa Gjersvik, AURI project […]

Pitching soup

Posted on October 1, 2001, in Ag Innovation News

Minnetonka, Minn. — Like a pitcher facing a starting lineup, Jim Wheeler has stared down some powerful forces in the struggle to grow his specialty food company. Wheeler, who spent two years pitching in the Detroit Tigers association, is in his fourth year of running Soup 2000 Inc. The company markets Cabin Cuisine soups, snacks, […]

Herbivores for Health

Posted on October 1, 2001, in Ag Innovation News

Lakeville, Minn. — If someone isn’t doing it, then do it yourself, Renne Soberg decided. Since the mid 1980s, he had been interested in medicinal herbs. But Soberg was surprised by the lack of information on growing nontraditional varieties. So he decided to fill in the blanks and helped organize the Organic Herb Cooperative two […]