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RENEWABLE Energy Profile:

Posted on October 11, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, Success Stories

By AURI Renewable energy is important to Minnesota and the world at large because it offers the ability to power society from a clean and diverse set of sources. AURI understands its importance and plays a meaningful role in the exciting opportunities it offers by developing renewable energy from agricultural products. Even though AURI does […]

AURI Labs Meeting Minnesota’s Needs

Posted on July 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

By Dan Lemke Great ideas might remain just a concept without the resources necessary to make them real. AURI has been a unique Minnesota resource for more than 25 years, delivering a combination of innovative laboratories, pilot facilities and scientific expertise. AURI’s facilities provide businesses and entrepreneurs working to develop agriculturally-based products with valuable technical […]

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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 […]

Savory sauces win their way from volleyball court to supermarket

Posted on April 29, 2013, in AURI News

—by Jonathan Eisenthal Listen to a radio segment on Lucky’s Mark Porisch never dreamed that when he reached 60 he’d be making Louisiana-style hot sauces for a living, but he thinks that one of these days his creations, sold under the brand Lucky’s Popcorn Dressing, might cover all the bills. Until then, he’s having a […]

Sen. Klobuchar tours AURI’s Marshall labs

Posted on January 15, 2013, in AURI News

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar toured AURI’s Marshall labs on Monday, January 14. “”I’m really impressed,” Klobuchar told the Marshall Independent. “This is such a great place for southwest Minnesota, being able to match where the business and the jobs are with the research.” Read the complete Marshall Independent article.

AURI scientist part of research team recognized with global award

Posted on September 28, 2012, in AURI News

Ranae Jorgenson, analytical chemist at the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI),  was part of a team of researchers awarded the Global Award for Applied Research in the 2012 International Water Association Global Project Innovation Awards. Their winning project explores a process that will make the production of ethanol from corn more economical by reclaiming water […]

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 […]

Ranae Jorgenson

Where’s the cellulosic ethanol?

Posted on March 28, 2012, in Ag Innovation News

Renewable fuel advocates have high hopes for cellulosic ethanol — made from plant waste rather than corn. Reality may take a little longer.

Golden Camelina

Posted on March 28, 2012, in Ag Innovation News

Lamberton, Minn. — After working on agricultural development in West Africa, Kathleen Batalden Smith and her husband Justin Smith came home to rural Minnesota and began some ag development of their own. Kathleen and her family are growing and bottling organic camelina oil for the health food market. Camelina is a traditional oilseed related to […]

Brainstorming a Better Tarp

Posted on July 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

They mushroom every fall — great domes of grain covered with immense sheets of plastic. Millions of bushels of newly-harvested corn, soybeans and wheat are stored outdoors at elevators all over the Midwest, an emblem of modern agriculture’s stunning bounty — but also a major vexation. “Every fall we have to put tarps on our […]