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Food Safety Resources

Posted on November 3, 2016, in Tools

The topic of safety in the production process is of the utmost importance to any entrepreneur or business that is developing food for commercial sales. Foodborne illnesses are a preventable, underreported public health problem, which place a burden on consumers while negatively affecting a company’s sales and brand. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) offers […]

Biomass Burner Initiative

Posted on March 26, 2013, in Tools

The increased cost of petroleum-based energy is leading many Minnesotans to seek alternative fuel sources that will serve their heat and energy needs economically, while reducing negative impacts on the environment. One increasingly important alternative fuel is biomass. Corn, wood, straw, grasses, and other forms of biomass are all being burned as viable sources of […]

Food Safety Interventions for Small Meat Processors

Posted on September 28, 2012, in Tools

View Food Safety Interventions Powerpoint By Carissa Nath, AURI Meat Scientist The livestock and meat industries have made huge strides over the last 10 to 15 years to ensure they are producing the safest food supply in the world. However, there continue to be a large number of foodborne illness outbreaks; a number of these […]

Minnesota Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Tools

In 2011, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) solicited proposals to develop a Biomass Heating Feasibility Guide “for the replacement of high-cost heating fuels, such as propane and fuel oil, with biomass combustion heating systems.” The contract, awarded to DLF Consulting, resulted in this report, which will assist turkey producers and greenhouse operators in rural […]

Natural & Organic Meat Processing Guide

Posted on September 7, 2011, in Tools

Over the past 10-15 years the food industry has seen a push from consumers for products that are more “label friendly” or minimally processed. Often times this means developing products with as few added ingredients as possible. However, one of the biggest challenges to meat processors is the fact that the consumer still desires the […]

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