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Biobased and conventional plastics forum
BTEC's weekly industry updates
Nots Snacks named Semi-Finalist
Attend a food safety seminar
Energy utilization
Get to know Ron Obermoller
USDA State Fact Sheet features
Pork tasting test success
Hydrous ethanol in dual-fuel engines
Upcoming Events
AURI @SMSU Agriculture Career Fair 
 November 5, 2014
SMSU, Marshall, MN

AURI @Minnesota AgriGrowth Conference 
November 6, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
1201 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Seminar  
November 12, 2014
University of Minnesota
Carlson School of Management
room 1-136
Minneapolis, MN

HACCP, Sanitation and Auditing Workshop 
November 12, 2014
University of Minnesota
Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science
St. Paul, MN

AURI @Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 
November 20-21, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel
Bloomington, MN

AURI @Minnesota Farmers Union Convention 
November 22, 2014
Ramada Plaza
Minneapolis, MN
On October 28, businesses and individuals interested in bioplastics gathered at the Maple Grove Community Center to learn about a recent AURI report. The report covered marketplace opportunities for integration of biobased and conventional plastics. Jim Lunt, author of the report, was the key presenter. Thank you to all of those who attended.

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October 2014

Fergus Foods, led by entrepreneur Rob Fuglie, is one of 10 entrepreneurs--and the only from Minnesota--recognized in the National Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Fergus Foods makes the crunchy, allergen-free Nots! Snacks. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations happening in rural America. Fergus Foods has worked with AURI in the development of their products.   


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Are you an entrepreneur in the food industry? Join us on November 12 to learn a preventative approach to food safety and reduce hazardous risks in the food production process.

How much energy is present in corn-derived dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), which can be utilized by meat-type  including turkeys and chicken broilers? A recent change in production of DDGS removes a portion of oil to produce DDGS effecting the energy content of DDGS or metabolize energy for poultry. Does it impact the energy content?  

Get to know AURI Chairman Ron Obermoller 

Ron Obermoller serves as chairman of AURI's board, representing the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. Obermoller is the fourth generation to run his family's 900-acre corn and soybean farm near Brewster, Minnesota. He is active in the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Associations and is a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers, National Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers Associations. He has also been involved in several other various local leadership and board positions.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it, and that's what AURI is doing through research and development," says Obermoller. "We're creating the future for rural Minnesota." 

When asked if there is an AURI project that stands out to him, Obermoller looks within a few miles of his own backyard. "The Minnesota Soybean Processors and AURI have worked together to create success for the biodiesel industry. Minnesota Soybean Processors has 2,500 farmer members, but it's not just those members who benefit from biodiesel--it raises the soybean prices for pretty much every soybean farmer in Minnesota."    
Smude's Natural Sunflower Oil from Pierz, Minnesota, has been recognized for their ability to produce and succeed with innovative products in rural America. The business was listed on the USDA's State Fact Sheet for rural businesses. State fact sheets are a source of information to states providing population, income, education, employment, business and financial information.

In September, AURI scientists Carissa Nath and Doug Root held several successful pork tasting sessions. The goal was to test the taste of the pork based off what each pig was fed. Both Nath and Root were featured in the Marshall Independent paper.

This project covers information on the use of hydrous ethanol to demonstrate high efficiency with reduced emissions in a modified diesel engine. The process has ethanol providing up to 80% of the fuel energy input.