Apr–Jun 2013, Vol. 22, No. 2
Ag Innovation News
— by Jonathan Eisenthal photos by Rolf Hagberg For 41 years Rivard’s Quality Seeds had been one of a handful of businesses keeping the economy going in the small northwestern Minnesota city of Argyle, population 660. Finding ways to add value to agricultural products and coproducts from agricultural processing is the region’s lifeblood. Rivard’s specializes […]
–by Liz Morrison Coming up on school menus: bread, pasta, tortillas, pizza, pancakes and other foods made with nutritious whole grains. New federal standards for school meals, which are designed to combat rising rates of childhood obesity, will require more whole grains, like wheat and barley. The requirements offer opportunities for Minnesota farmers and food […]
–by Liz Morrison photos by Rolf Hagberg Times are tough for small country elevators. Big grain price swings, higher capital requirements and consolidation have eroded profits, forcing many rural elevators to close. But a struggling coop elevator in northwest Minnesota met these challenges by responding to a need for organic feed. With help from AURI, […]
AURI has been awarded a USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) for $68,340 to further assist with the development of rural cooperatives in Minnesota in 2013. The work done with the grant will build on AURI’s previous successful work implementing an RCDG grant in 2011-12. With the funds, AURI will provide applied research, scientific assistance, […]
AURI has opened new offices in St. Paul, leasing space on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. This is the fourth official location for AURI, which also has offices in Crookston, Marshall and Waseca. “With a large number of clients as well as several strategic partners located in the Twin Cities, it is important […]
AURI is pleased to announce that Dan Skogen and Jennifer Berquam joined the AURI staff this past January. Skogen is planning and government relations director with responsibilities that include identifying and evaluating opportunities to advance value-added agriculture and serving as the liaison between AURI and state and federal agencies. Berquam is project manager for collaborative […]
Since 2009, the retail gluten-free food market has grown 200 percent, according to U.S. Foods, a leading food distributor. What is responsible for the continued growth is debatable. Some health experts believe that it may be due to more awareness of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Other factors may include the improved taste of gluten-free products, consumer perception that it’s better for you than traditional food, trendiness, and interest in natural and organic food.
I recently came across this quote by Napoleon Hill, who is considered to be a great author on the topic of success, and it struck me because it sums up what AURI is all about. Our passion is helping Minnesota businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers succeed; and in order to do this effectively, we work with organizations across the state and country that bring to the table skills and expertise that complement those of AURI.
–by Ashley Harguth cartoons by Uncle Hyggly 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. Weeding robots Stanford trained engineers have developed a “Lettuce Bot,” a machine for thinning lettuce. The machine is pulled behind a tractor […]
Soybeans aren’t just for food and fuel anymore…in fact, the window you’re looking out just may be lined with a soy-based insulation. That’s the hope of Vector Windows, a Fergus Falls, Minn., window company that has aimed to create advanced, cost-effective windows since 1995. As Vector co-owners Jeff Ackerson and Andrew Miller have continuously looked […]