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AURI at Farmfest
AURI had another successful year at Farmfest. Thank you to those that stopped by our booth and congratulations to our gift basket winners Liz and Lance! 

> Learn more about the AURI clients featured at Farmfest
Crookston open house
AURI's Crookston office held an open house in honor of the new office location in Crookston. The AURI office is now located at:

510 County Road 71

Suite 120

Crookston, MN 56716

Joseph Quinlan, a student at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, who just finished up an internship with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.  "This internship has made me think differently about agriculture and how it connects with the food industry. I was not aware that there is a large field of value-added agricultural commodity food products on the market and in development," said Quinlan. 

August 2015
AURI has announced the appointment of Shannon M. Schlecht as its new Executive Director. Schlecht, who most recently served as Vice President of Policy for U.S. Wheat Associates in Arlington, VA, will officially join the organization in late September, when he will assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Institute's staff, programs and execution of its mission. 

AURI releases Minnesota's Agbioscience Strategy: Guidebook for Regional Implementation
In 2013, AURI released the Agbioscience as a Development Driver: Minnesota Agbioscience Strategy, undertaken by the world-renowned Battelle Technology Partnership Practice. This report includes an assessment of Minnesota's key capacities and opportunities in agricultural research and a suggested strategy for the state. A follow-up to the Battelle study was conducted in 2014-15 to better understand the industry make up and economic contribution of agbioscience in greater Minnesota and the distinct regions.

As the regional agbioscience economic impact studies demonstrate, the agbioscience industry is already a strong economic engine for Minnesota's economy, benefiting both urban and rural areas. According to the Battelle Agbioscience Strategy report, this economic engine can be further
strengthened if Minnesota is able to successfully create system-wide alignment of its agbioscience assets and core competencies. Cluster development is one key way in which this alignment could be achieved. AURI has created this  guidebook, which is designed specifically to foster cluster development, which will be the primary vehicle for creating  
system-wide alignment around agbioscience innovation.  

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable convened on July 17, 2015 in Rochester, Minnesota to  focus on biomass
education and its potential use as part of the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester.  This was a collaborative effort of AURI, the U of M Extension, Heating the Midwest and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.

A new research report; Distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are not to blame for low-quality Baby Swiss cheese; is now available on the AURI website. Late-blowing in Swiss cheese (which can be described as an appearance of undesirable slits, cracks, splits or blown areas in the cheese), is a result of unwanted gas production. This is unacceptable to consumers, and causes economic loss to manufacturers. Previous work has raised concerns that feeding dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to cows leads to this defect. This research showed that feeding DDGS does not cause defects in Swiss cheese . Partners on this research include the Midwest Dairy Association and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council.