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Spurring green energy innovation

Posted on October 5, 2015, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News, News

–by Liz Morrison The Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable aims to make Minnesota a national and global leader in green energy. First convened in 2006 by AURI, the Roundtable brings people and ideas together to spur renewable energy development. Today, participants represent more than 200 Minnesota businesses, government agencies, universities, economic development groups, and non-profits from […]


Minnesota: The land of 10,000 shrimp?

Posted on September 22, 2015, in Ag Innovation News, News

–by Luke O’Neill Minnesotans love seafood. While the state is home to the popular walleye, that’s not always what’s on the menu. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 90 percent of the U.S. seafood consumption is imported and most of that is shrimp. Per capita, Americans consume about 4.9 pounds of shrimp […]

AURI@Minnesota Organic Conference

Posted on September 22, 2015, in AURI Events

Organic conference January 8-9, 2016 St. Cloud, MN


Nurseries, landscape businesses add $3.5 billion in “green” to Minnesota economy

Posted on November 14, 2014, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News, News

–by Jonathan Eisenthal It’s a vivid snapshot of the garden and yard industry in Minnesota, and what it adds to the Minnesota economy: $3.5 billion dollars 42,000 full and part-time employees $1.9 billion in direct sales. Having come out the other side of the Great Recession, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) wanted to […]


Small meat processing industry at a crossroads

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

–by Liz Morrison Minnesota’s small meat processing industry is entering a critical transition period, as aging owners approach retirement, and aging facilities need modernizing. That’s according to a new AURI survey of Minnesota’s 280 small meat and poultry processors. The study, released in May, found that two-thirds of the owner-operators of small meat processing plants […]

Small meat processing industry at a crossroads

Posted on September 5, 2014, in News

An AURI survey of 280 small meat processors found that two-thirds of owner operators of Minnesota processing plans are at, or near retirement age.

State of Minnesota small meat processing industry

Posted on July 1, 2014, in Research

About this report: This study was initiated to determine the needs of the meat processing industry in Minnesota. Project outcomes: The findings are intended to be informative of the needs and priorities of small meat processors to determine targeted services and funding opportunities.

Fair Food

Posted on October 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Not all Minnesota State Fair food came deep-fried, skewered on a stick this year. Some was farm fresh, healthy and even gourmet. Minnesota Cooks, a full-day showcase of foods made with Minnesota-grown ingredients by premier Minnesota chefs, made its ninth state fair appearance on August 28. “Buying local and making the connection between where your […]

Teresa Spaeth

A Shining Example

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

But agriculture still has a big impact on urban folks.

Agriculture is the state’ second largest employer, and 80 percent of the industry’s jobs are in processing, distribution and supply, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Most of those off-farm jobs are in the Twin Cities and suburbs.

Oh So Good

Posted on January 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Minnetonka, Minn. — Theresa Oslund began baking as a child, learning from her grandmother’s expertise. As a grown-up, she developed her own specialties, including a cranberry-macadamia snack mix for gifts and special occasions. Family and friends urged her to sell the snack and, 15 years later, it clicked. Oslund decided it was “time to do […]