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Ag Innovation Update
In This Issue
New board member appointed
New research report
Latest Ag Innovation News available
Minnesota officials visit AURI clients
Q&A with AURI's Richard Peterson
AURI featured in a magazine article
Upcoming Events
August 5-7, 2014

Redwood Falls, MN

Stop by our Farmfest tent #612 for free samples, giveaways, science experiments, and more!

AURI@Big Iron
September 9-11, 2014
West Fargo, ND
AURI welcomes Kim Hintz as the newest AURI board member. Kim is the senior lending officer at Agribank and has more than 10 years of agricultural lending experience.
A new research report is available online. This report looks at the bio-methane potential of sieved dairy manure with condensed distillers solubles and cheese whey.

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The latest edition of Ag Innovation News is now available on AURI's website. This issue highlights AURI's work in the meat industry, a unique beef jerky, a healthy juice option, and a cheaper, cleaner diesel fuel. 


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July 2014

Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Smude Oil in Pierz, Minnesota. Smude Oil produces cold-pressed, high oleic sunflower oil. AURI has helped with product development, nutritional analysis, and labeling for several of their products.  


That visit was followed by a tour of Pet Care Systems in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, State Senator Kent Eken, and Minnesota Representative Paul Marquart were also in attendance for that tour. Pet Care Systems produces Swheat Scoop, a wheat-based cat litter that was developed with the help of AURI.    

Q&A with AURI Board Member Richard Peterson 

About Richard Peterson: Richard Peterson, a farmer in southern Minnesota, serves on AURI's board as the representative for the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. He has served as chair, vice chair, treasurer, and member of the Information Team and the Expanded Usage Team for Minnesota Corn. Peterson is also a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Association, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Farm Bureau, and the American Legion.

He has served on the board of directors for the National Corn Growers, Minnesota FFA Foundation, Trimont Area Wind Farm, and Jackson County Pork Producers. Peterson has also been involved with his local church, township, Jackson Community Foundation, 4-H, Jackson School District, and Jackson County Extension. He previously served in the Minnesota National Guard.

What made you want to serve on AURI's board?  We need to find more new uses for agriculture products--not just corn, soybeans, or wheat--but all agriculture projects. AURI has helped a lot of small entrepreneurs get started, and that's probably what excites me the most. It's a place where small people can go to get help to do research. And as Minnesota's Corn Representative, I'm glad that we've had a lot of projects that AURI and Minnesota Corn have worked together on to expand the amount of money available and work on better projects.

Is there a project that stands out in your mind as being extremely interesting or impactful? The project on hydrous ethanol is a good example of a project that both AURI and the corn growers funded. It's important to expand the use of ethanol, which I've always been a promoter of. Anything to do with corn, I get pretty excited about it.

Prairie Business Magazine featured a collaboration between AURI and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation that will analyze the economic potential of the agbioscience industry. This analysis is part of the Agbioscience Strategy, which aims to leverage Minnesota's strength in this critical industry into further growth and development for the state. Several other initiative foundations throughout the state are also involved in this effort.

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