Apr–Jun 2014, Vol. 23, No. 2
Ag Innovation News
–by Liz Morrison Soaring hay prices sparked innovation at a Raymond, Minn., feed company. Short supplies of alfalfa and skyrocketing prices forced Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers (MnVAP) to cut production of alfalfa feed pellets by more than 40 percent in 2013. But the co-op rebounded by developing a more economical and nutritious substitute for alfalfa […]
–by Liz Morrison A Benson, Minn., ethanol maker hopes a customer loyalty program will encourage owners of flex fuel vehicles to choose the yellow pump. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) is exploring ways to increase local sales of E85, the high-ethanol-blend fuel. The cooperative produces about 46 million gallons of ethanol a year. CVEC also […]
–by Jonathan Eisenthal With the slogan “Build Muscle Not Fat,” Kay’s Naturals mini-meal snack bags have won their way into medical weight loss programs and the aisles of major drug store chains like Walgreens. They have become a leader in offering innovative, problem-solving foods to the public. Each mini-meal—including a selection of cereals, snacks and […]
–by Jonathan Eisenthal When he joined forces with AURI, Grand Rapids, Minn., entrepreneur Steve Olds had 150 distributors and had sold about 26,000 bottles of Steve’s Pepper Sauce. Since beginning work with AURI in 2010, he’s grown his network to 250 retail outlets and now packs 600 bottles of sauce a week. Olds first started […]
To help food manufacturers in their product development, various organizations, marketing consultants and food experts identify trends. Following are predictions for key food product trends that you may well see leading the way in 2014.
Jimmy Gosse, Ph.D., joined AURI’s staff as microbiologist in February. He will work primarily out of AURI’s lab in Crookston, Minn., Gosse aims to improve and expand the ways in which microbes add value, treat waste and provide new products for Minnesota entrepreneurs and established agribusinesses. He provides laboratory support and technical advice in the […]
Those who may stereotype rural life as slow-moving and resistant to change need only look at the changes in the agriculture economy in the last year to see that change is happening quickly. Rural and urban agribusinesses and producers are needing to adapt deftly to sustain and grow their businesses for the future.
–by Ashley Harguth Corn oil lowers cholesterol Corn oil significantly reduces cholesterol with more favorable changes in cholesterol than extra virgin olive oil. Among the people in the feeding study, consumption of foods made with corn oil resulted in significantly lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol than the same foods made with […]
–by Amanda Wanke The USDA awarded AURI a Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) of $200,000 for fiscal year 2014. The grant, which AURI will match with $70,000, will help several rural cooperatives across Minnesota. Funds will be used to assist those co-ops in the creation and improvement of products and processes that use commodities and […]