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AURI client Clean Plus, Inc.

Minnesota Biobased Company Competes on World Stage

Posted on July 10, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

AURI client Clean Plus, Inc. (CPI), a West Concord, Minnesota, company that has been in operation since 1982 and boasts about a dozen employees competes for 2018 World Bio Markets Biobased Product of the Year. CPI has several divisions that produce and distribute a variety of products, including Drip Trap® Granules, which are made from corn stalks and are used to contain and clean up spills such as chemicals, oil and fuel.

AURI Facility Profile: Biobased Focus Area

Posted on January 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, News, Success Stories

 By AURI Biobased products enable the transition from traditional petroleum-based materials to agricultural resources in the production of plastics, films, building materials and chemicals. AURI supports clients through hands on technical assistance in the form of sample analysis in the AURI analytical laboratory, byproduct development in its pilot facility, and by working directly on site […]

AURI meets with Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Posted on November 9, 2015, in News

AURI recently attended the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) public board session. FFAR was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to “catalyze innovation to solve pressing food and agriculture challenges that affect the lives of all Americans” by increasing the scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of […]

bales in field

Science over the years

Posted on September 26, 2014, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News

The changing face of microbiology Humanity has relied on microbial fermentation for thousands of years for the production of wine, beer, yogurt and bread. Today, the significance of microbiology has not diminished with microbes still being used for the production of food and increasingly fuels and chemicals. The reduction in cost for genetic tools and […]

Biobased Generations

Posted on January 8, 2014, in Ag Innovation News

Fifty years ago many of the toys and presents under the Christmas tree were made of wood, cotton, wool and other familiar materials. Stacking blocks, baseballs, small log houses, rag dolls, knitted sweaters, and stuffed animals were largely composed of materials grown or produced on the land, often referred to as biobased materials. Just a few years later, we saw a rapid change to toys and other products made from modern plastics using petroleum and minerals extracted from under the land.

AURI announces research initiatives

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Ag Innovation News

 —  by Amanda Wanke photos by Rolf Hagberg AURI recently announced 16 research initiatives for 2013. The projects in the organization’s core four focus areas—renewable energy, biobased products, coproducts and food—all aim to create new and improved products and processes in Minnesota’s agriculture industry in order to grow the economy and create new jobs. “Agriculture […]

BioPlastic Solutions CEO Gary Noble and AURI Chairman Ron Obermoller

BioPlastic Solutions Named Ag Innovator of the Year

Posted on June 22, 2012, in AURI News

Bio-Plastic Solutions, a Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, company, was named Ag Innovator of the Year by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). The Ag Innovator Award is a recognition AURI began in 2002 to honor clients who have contributed to the economy and helped grow value-added agriculture in Minnesota by creating new products or processes using […]

Growing an Industry

Posted on August 24, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

More than 80 people from across Minnesota and several other Midwestern states gathered in Mankato in an effort to grow an industry that holds great potential for agricultural, manufacturers and economic growth in rural Minnesota. Biobased products, including plastics, polymers, lubricants and other biologically-derived products are attracting the attention of manufacturers, retailers and consumers. A […]

Biobased Materials: Minnesota’s Opportunity & Challenge, A Focus on Bioplastics

Posted on August 1, 2011, in Research

As the interest and use of biobased products grows, so do the opportunities and challenges. According to a recent report sponsored by AURI and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota’s fundamental strengths in agriculture, biofuels and innovation may hold the key to the state’s potential for leadership in this emerging economy although, as […]

Green Chemistry

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Green chemistry, an emerging scientific approach, focuses not just on a final product, but also on coproducts and production processes that are sustainable. It’s a familiar concept in agriculture. A cornfield yields more than grain; it also produces corn stover and cobs. Farmers have to consider soil health and nutrient needs, not just how much […]