Oct–Dec 2012, Vol. 21, No. 4
Ag Innovation News
— by Jonathan Eisenthal, photos by Rolf Hagberg Food allergies continue to create consumer markets, and the potential for nut-free snacks is one of the biggest, but many big ideas start small. Entrepreneur Rob Fuglie had his “aha” moment when he was standing in his pantry, snacking on sunflower seeds and suddenly he thought, “I […]
— by Jonathan Eisenthal photos by Rolf Hagberg and Video Arts Studios Tucked in the far northwest corner of Minnesota, Hallock is home to just under 1,000 residents, and Kittson County has a population of approximately 4,000. While it is a sparsely populated area, it is very near the borders of Canada and North Dakota, […]
— by Liz Morrison Before Lavonne Kucera joined Caribou Coffee, she was part of a large food safety department at a multi-national company. But at Minneapolis-based Caribou, the entire food safety department is “me and only me!” Working solo, Kucera missed exchanging ideas with other experts in her field. Jan Lillemo had the same feeling. […]
— by Liz Morrison photos by Rolf Hagberg Improving livestock feed with the coproducts left over during agricultural processing is a win-win for Minnesota’s agricultural industry. Livestock farmers find new nutritional, lower cost feed options. The agricultural processing industry finds ways to add value to the products left over during processing. AURI does many feed […]
While ground-breaking scientific technology is rarely predictable, we do know that there will always be change and innovation. In the area of transportation fuels, there are many developments that will likely have an impact on Minnesota’s agriculture economy. This column gives an overview of the factors that might impact renewable fuels, but the only certainty about future developments is that “the future ain’t what it used to be,” as Yogi Berra noted many years ago.
Over the last few months, AURI has welcomed several new staff. “We’re really excited about the skills and expertise these new staff members bring,” says AURI Executive Director Teresa Spaeth. “They are each experts in their fields, and add a lot of value for our clients.” Travis Sisco, Project Accountant Sisco is a recent graduate […]
From policy to research to marketing, each group has their niche and an important role in agriculture. It is essential to the future of Minnesota’s agriculture industry that we build the capacities of these organizations so that each of us can do more and better work in our areas of expertise.
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. Predicting lasting tenderness in beef Scientists at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska have developed a noninvasive way to predict tenderness in the ribeye/strip loin muscle. This […]
Since its inception in 2006, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable has been a unique partnership, bringing together people from across the renewable energy industry to spur innovation to make Minnesota a national and global renewable energy leader. Partnerships are essential to the roundtable, which is led by a planning team of representatives from the Minnesota […]