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Customers “Rave” for Ice Cream

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

In Northern Minnesota, there are limited options for specialty foods and products that fulfill the dietary needs of the surrounding area. Many consumers who appreciate premium specialty foods or have dietary restrictions are forced to shop larger metropolitan areas and stockpile products due to limited local availability. This growing community is looking for foods made […]

Enhancing poultry performance with specialized soy products

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

By Sally Noll, Ph. D. Professor Department of Animal Science University of Minnesota Current breeds of commercial broiler chickens and turkeys grow very quickly. To improve early growth and immune system development, some research suggests that young poultry would develop better when fed starting diets containing highly digestible ingredients and a lower amount of anti-nutritional […]

AURI Conducts Stakeholder Research

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

Every biennium AURI conducts a broad scale research project, during which the organization’s staff meets face-to-face with representatives from various ag-related stakeholder groups to gain insight into the current industry challenges and opportunities. The results of this research provide an opportunity to identify stakeholder priorities and industry sentiments while finding areas of strategic synergy and […]

Innovation on Display

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

The annual New Uses Forum may be AURI’s premier value-added agriculture event, but it’s far from the only place AURI promotes emerging opportunities and the services it provides to further develop those innovations. Project Manager Becky Philipp says AURI staff participates in over 30 events each year, including tradeshows, conferences, forums, and other partner events. […]

Building Momentum for New Uses

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

If AURI’s annual New Uses Forum is any indication, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and living in Minnesota. Generating new ideas is important, but equally valuable is a recognition by the state’s business and agriculture leaders that collaboration and a network of supporting resources are key to delivering on the promise innovative ideas […]

Sensory Success New Food Product Evaluation and Sensory Laboratory Expands AURI Capabilities

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, in partnership with Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Legislature recently opened a new Food Product Evaluation and Sensory Laboratory on SMSU’s campus in Marshall, Minn. The new facility provides food producers with an additional opportunity to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative […]

Board Spotlight Q&A with Rep. Jeanne Poppe

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

This quarter, Ag Innovation News highlights one of its newest board members, Rep. Jeanne Poppe. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors, Poppe is also currently the chair of the Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division. Read on to learn more about her background and goals for the future. […]

Executive Directors Column: Starting Off On the Right Path

Posted on January 3, 2020, in Ag Innovation News

Happy New Year! I hope you celebrated the start of 2020 in good spirits with family and friends. Now that we’re a few days into the new year, I’m excited to share the achievement of several important milestones to expand AURI’s capabilities and enhance its client resources. The result being AURI is better positioning itself […]

AURI Drives Demand for High Oleic Soybean Oil in University Foodservice Operations

Posted on October 18, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Rarely do restaurants and foodservice operators have the opportunity to improve the quality and healthfulness of their products while saving costs , but that’s exactly what three universities in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin discovered during a test of high oleic soybean oil conducted by AURI and funded by the United Soybean Board. The test, a […]

Filling The Information Gap AURI’s Program Catalyzes Innovation

Posted on October 18, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

The Latin proverb “fortune favors the bold” may hold some truth, but it’s not a very sound business strategy. Over the course of its 30-year history, AURI and its staff have demonstrated that success in the business world most frequently favors the prepared. AURI’s Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program helps entrepreneurs and existing businesses prepare […]