Jul–Sep 2012, Vol. 21, No. 3
Ag Innovation News
–By Amanda Wanke Yes, this winter was a mild one. But there are plenty of years when heating costs can be painful, especially to operators of large business operations such as greenhouses and turkey producers. As consumers look for alternative, renewable energy, one source AURI has been examining closely is biomass. Biomass refers to […]
–By Amanda Wanke Cake? Candy? Put the two together and you have Minnesota’s newest candy bar: Cakedy. The idea for the new food item is the brainchild of Ryan Taylor, a business management consultant who is turning his love for cake into a new business. “I love cake. Each weekend, I’d go to Cub Foods […]
–By Liz Morrison The fire starts as a small yellow flame licking up from a pile of debris in an old wooden garage. Soon, orange flames are leaping high as black smoke fills the structure. A few seconds later, a bank of flames rolls along the ceiling and boils out the open door. The entire […]
–By Liz Morrison Feeding corn distillers grains to beef cattle does not lead to higher levels of a harmful pathogen, E. coli O157:H7, in the animals’ digestive systems. That’s according to two new studies sponsored by AURI and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council The E. coli O157:H7 (ECO157) organism, which is common in […]
Organic. Hormone-free. Preservative free. Today’s consumers are paying closer attention than ever to where their food comes from and how it’s made. And they want natural food that is free of ingredients they can’t pronounce, even though many of those ingredients are critical to food safety and have no proven detriments.
Bio-Plastic Solutions was named AURI’s 2012 Ag Innovator of the Year. This recognition, which has been awarded annually since 2002, recognizes an innovator who has contributed to Minnesota’s economy by creating a unique product or process using agriculture commodities.
Editor’s note: As a service to our readers, we provide news about the work of others in ag utilization. Often, research done elsewhere complements AURI’s work. Biobased materials make Ford vehicles greener When you take a seat in a Ford, you may be sitting on soy- and other biobased seat cushions and seatbacks. Ford vehicles […]
–By Liz Morrison It’s often said that small businesses are the engine of job creation. AURI helps fuel that engine by offering hands-on scientific assistance to small businesses, along with access to research and resource networks. The goal is to help Minnesota entrepreneurs bring innovative, ag-based products to market, generating economic activity — and new […]