AURI conducts practical, applied research that identifies emerging opportunities to add value to agriculture products. This information is publicly available with the hope that it will spur ideas for new products and processes.
Recent research reports
Adding value to corn and agricultural byproducts through production of biochar and bio-oil: Step Two
Read the full report: Adding value to corn and agricultural byproducts through production of biochar and bio-oil: Step Two About: Build upon previous research to continue to increase the value of agricultural by-products by demonstrating how biomass feedstocks can be used to produce renewable energy and recycled through land application as biochar. Specifically, this reseach […]
Evaluation of growth performance, nutrient utilization, metabolic profile and onset of puberty in dairy heifers fed reduced-fat distillers grains in replacement of forage in limit-fed rations
Read the full report: Evaluation of growth performance, nutrient utilization, metabolic profile and onset of puberty in dairy heifers fed reduced-fat distillers grains in replacement of forage in limit-fed rations About: Can dairy producers feed reduced-fat distillers grains to dairy heifers and still get the type of replacement heifer they want? Outcomes: This research found […]
Utilization of corn- and soy coproducts in feedlot diets, and evaluation of environmental factors contributing to the prevalence of E.coli 0157:H7 shedding
Read the full report: Utilization of corn- and soy coproducts in feedlot diets, and evaluation of environmental factors contributing to the prevalence of E.coli 0157:H7 shedding About: Utilization of nutrient dense agricultural coproducts/by-products in beef rations have been implemented by producers for years. This study focused on the effect feeding two different coproducts has on beef growth […]
Design, construction and management of cattle feeding operations have evolved dramatically over the last 20 years. The quest for improved cattle comfort for consistent and predictable performance drove this process initially. Concurrently, changing regulatory climate towards greater environmental protection, particularly water quality protection by preventing or eliminating excessive nutrient or waste discharges to state or federal waters expedited development and adoption of new facility designs that would both provide cattle comfort for consistent performance and environmental protection.
Impact of feeding diets containing reduced-oil distillers dried grains with solubles on growth performance and pork fat quality of growing-finishing pigs
Reduced oil concentration in DDGS has minimal, if any, effect on growth performance and carcass com The reduced oil concentration in DDGS generally improves pork fat quality when high levels of DDGS are added to growing-finishing diets, but the magnitude of this improvement is not proportional to the change in oil content among DDGS sources.
This research was to work to understand consumers’ perceptions about various fluid milk products that are available in the market. This research looked at two variables related to milk and taste perception. The objective of the first part was to understand consumers’ expectations and evaluate the impact of a sensory experience upon perceived value of fluid milk in translucent high-density polyethylene (translucent plastic), white-pigmented high-density polyethylene (lightblock), and paperboard. The objective of the second part was to understand consumers’ expectations and evaluate the impact of a sensory experience upon perceived value of fluid milk at the beginning and end of code.
> Read the full report About this report: Thin stillage from corn ethanol plants is currently utilized by adding it to DDG and subsequently drying the blended streams to yield DDGS. This is convenient since it avoids treating the thin stillage as a waste stream. Generating new value-added products from the thin stillage stream offers an […]
> Read the full report About this report: Late-blowing in Swiss cheese (which can be described as an appearance of undesirable slits, cracks, splits or blown areas in the cheese), is a result of unwanted gas production. This is unacceptable to consumers, and causes economic loss to manufacturers. Previous work has raised concerns that feeding […]
> Read the full report Effects of reduced-fat distillers grains inclusion in feedlot diets on cattle growth performance, carcass charactertics and beef quality About this report: Distillers grains, a coproduct of the ethanol industry, have been utilized in cattle feedlot diets extensively for several years. Recently, ethanol producers have attempted to increase profits by removing oil […]
Evaluation of the potential connection between Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles and manure pit foaming in commercial pork production systems
> Read the full report Evaluation of the potential connection between Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles and manure pit foaming in commercial pork production systems About this report: Manure pit foaming in commercial swine facilities has increased over the past few years. This has caused significant concern related to the health and safety of barn workers and […]