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2018 Bio Industry Summit

Posted on May 3, 2018, in Partner Events

Advances In Biofuels May 15, 2018 North Dakota State University Memorial Union 1401 Administration Ave Fargo, ND 58105  

AURI STAFF COLUMN: SEEING AROUND CORNERS: Looking to the future of Biofuels      

Posted on January 6, 2018, in Ag Innovation News, Sidebars

By AURI Australian researchers are studying the possibility of turning crops like agave, hemp, or the native saltbush and wild-growing sorghum into biofuels of the future. Studies show that it’s possible to extract non-traditional plant oils and turn them into biodiesel for vehicles, machinery and even aviation fuel. Currently oils extracted from palm and soy […]

MPR: Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher

Posted on August 1, 2013, in AURI News

A July 31 MPR story looks at the possibility of camelina as a crop for biofuels. Ever Cat Fuels biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn., is crushing the camelina seeds using a patented technology that can handle any plant-based feedstock. AURI Senior Project Development Director Dennis Timmerman was interviewed for the article: “It’s a great place […]

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 […]

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What’s new in transportation fuels

Posted on September 26, 2012, in News

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.

Trends for 2012

Posted on December 23, 2011, in Ag Innovation Update

Taking a quick peek ahead, here is what you might see in 2012! Food – Opportunities for Minnesota’s food entrepreneurs continue to grow. In 2012, look for AURI to continue working hard in the food lab doing nutritional analyses, food labels, and product development support for these entrepreneurs. Changing regulations and increased focus on food […]

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 […]

Reclaiming Water

Posted on October 1, 2009, in Ag Innovation News

Nothing can be sustained without water, including industry. Once considered a free and unlimited resource, water is now a limited resource in many parts of the United States, forcing communities and industries to conserve and recycle water. Minnesota, fortunately, has not faced water shortages like California and Florida. But some Minnesota regions do have limited […]

20 Year history spiced variety

Posted on July 1, 2009, in Ag Innovation News

For 20 years, working in the realm of innovation, AURI has seen an endless supply of unique and interesting ideas for agricultural products. Economic times have changed and social influences have varied, but there have always been new markets and valueadded opportunities for Minnesota’s farm goods. AURI has helped develop food products, industrial materials, biofuels […]

Sweet sorghum road show

Posted on July 1, 2009, in Ag Innovation News

Montevideo, Minn. — David Eid, a former corn farmer who grew up in sugar-beet country, is championing sweet sorghum for fuel. Why advocate growing the nontraditional sugar crop in corn territory? Because sweet sorghum produces more sugar with less inputs than beets per acre, and it doesn’t have to be converted from starch to sugar […]