Ag Innovation Update

October 2011

Nature’s filter

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

Agricultural residues may be the newest tool in protecting drainage water quality. Bioreactors or biofilters, use organic materials such as wood chips or crop residues like straw or corn stover to provide an environment that supports the growth of microbes. Subsurface farm drainage water flows through these bioreactors. The microbes consume nitrates in the water, […]

International Agriculture

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

Value-added agricultural products may not enjoy the same export success as raw commodities, but efforts are well underway to change that balance. AURI project development director Denny Timmerman recently returned from Governor Mark Dayton’s trade mission to South Korea. The delegation also included representatives of the state’s commodity groups and farm organizations. The purpose of […]

Information to Digest

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

AURI scientist Alan Doering recently gave Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy board a lot of information to digest. Doering gave a presentation at the October NextGen board meeting, highlighting new markets and new opportunities for dairy digester solids, the leftovers from anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. These potential uses including livestock bedding, fertilizer and being used […]