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AURI awarded $68,000 USDA grant
Minnesota-made sunflower oil sees growing market
AURI's 2012 Annual Report
New research report: Effect of DDGS on growing pigs
New research report: Effect of DDGS on poultry diets
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February 2013
AURI awarded $68,000 USDA Rural Cooperative DeCoopsvelopment Grant
AURI has been awarded a USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) for $68,340 to further assist with the development of rural cooperatives in Minnesota in 2013. The work done with the grant will build on AURI's previous successful work implementing an RCDG grant in 2011-12.


Smude Oil, based in Pierz, Minn., continues to see a growing market for their cold-pressed sunflower oil. Sunflower oil has among the highest levels of mono-unsaturated fat available in a food oil--10 percent higher than olive oil. And the cold-press method sets Smude Oil apart from most commercially available oils, which use hexane to chemically extract the oil. Next in development is  Smude's Granola.


Read about what's been happening at AURI this last year in our 2012 annual report! Request a print version at [email protected].

Few studies have been done to determine the Digestible Energy (DE) and Metabolizable  Energy (ME) content of corn distillers dried grains with soluble (DDGS) in growing pig diets. This research will help develop better prediction equations and provide nutritionists more reliable tools to determine the energy contents of ethanol coproducts. This technology will help improve the use of corn ethanol coproducts in the pork industry.

The overall goal of this project was to determine measurable characteristics of DDGS for  use in prediction of energy values in poultry diets. This information allows livestock producers to make the most affordable and nutritional decisions for feeding their birds, and helps others understand the value and impact of DDGS from ethanol production.