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Happy Holidays
Soybean Business article highlights opportunities in agbioscience industry
New soil health product made from coffee chaff
Inside green plastics
New research: Crude glycerol and cottonseed oil to control soft pork fat
Nurseries, landscape businessses add to Minnesota economy
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Soybean Business, the magazine of the Minnesota Soybean Growers featured an article on the Agbioscience as a Development Driver: Minnesota Agbioscience Strategy report.

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December 2014

A Minnesota entrepreneur is turning the papery husk from green coffee beans into an all-natural soil amendment. JavaCycle's Soil Builder is made from recycled coffee bean chaff, a byproduct of coffee roasting that's usually discarded.   


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A new AURI report takes an in-depth look at the rapidly expanding "bioplastics" industry. The study, sponsored by the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Research & Promotion Councils, explores emerging technologies and markets for plant-derived polymers.

Soft fat creates difficulties for pork processors and may ultimately influence the amount of DDGS that can be fed to finishing pigs. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of feeding crude glycerol or minimally-refined cottonseed oil on growth performance, carcass composition and fat firmness of growing-finishing pigs.

Having come out the other side of the Great Recession, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) wanted to know how their industry-which includes small- and medium-sized nurseries and landscape businesses, but not big box stores-was faring. So, they chose to revisit an economic impact analysis of member businesses first done in 2002.

A vivid snapshot of the garden and yard industry in Minnesota, shows it adds to the Minnesota economy:

  • $3.5 billion dollars
  • 42,000 full and part-time employees
  • $1.9 billion in direct sales.
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