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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 […]

Where Birds Roam Free

Posted on January 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

Glenwood, Minn. — For two decades, Pete Thorfinnson has served customers who want chicken and turkey raised the old-fashioned way — free to roam and grow naturally, without antibiotics or stimulants. His free-range poultry company, Kadejan, has grown from a small processing operation he started in 1989 to a larger plant that processes 5,000 birds […]

How big is the local foods appetite

Posted on July 1, 2009, in Ag Innovation News

If you’re planning to compete in local food markets, be prepared. The bite can be more than a small grower can chew. That’s advice from a recent AURI market study of local foods. There is strong demand for Minnesota grown foods, and small-scale direct marketing is flourishing. But when it comes to accessing larger wholesale […]

Poppin’ up hulless

Posted on January 1, 2001, in Ag Innovation News

Cambridge, Minn. — A hull is vital to a boat, but in popcorn, it can be annoying. So two farm families are betting consumers will appreciate their new brand of popcorn with virtually no hull. “People question it, then they try it,” says Gail Welsh, co-owner of S & W Family Farms, Inc., producers of […]