Ag Innovation Update-September 2016

AURI Client Receives Federal Approval

Earlier this month EarthClean, a past Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) client and Ag Innovator of the Year recipient, announced that the U.S. Forest Service certified its TetraKO XL-P, the first ready biodegradable product, for use on wildland firefighting operations. The product, made in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a cornstarch based water enhancer that is now part of the Forest Service's Qualified Products List (QPL).

Connecting the BioBased Dots

Numerous surveys show that when given the choice, consumers would rather purchase products made from renewable, biobased ingredients than those from non-renewable products like petroleum. AURI collaborates with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help give consumers access to information on biobased products while helping Minnesota businesses take advantage of market opportunities.

AURI Notes

Upcoming events:
If you want to meet up with AURI this fall and learn about its mission, or how it can help Minnesota entrepreneurs, agricultural processors and agribusinesses, keep an eye open for AURI staff at the following events:

Heating the Midwest, October 11-13

HACCP Sanitation and Auditing Workshop Topics Include:
  • Impact of Food Safety on the Industry
  • Introduction to Food Microbiology
  • Pre-Requisite Sanitation Programs: GMPs and SSOPs
  • The 7 Principles of HACCP
  • Chemical, Biological and Physical Hazards
  • The Development and Implementation of a HACCP Plan
  • Labeling and Allergens
  • Minnesota State Inspection Program
  • Food Defense Plans
  • Additional Resources for Meat and Food Processors
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