Ag Innovation Update-March 2017
Last Chance to Register for AURI's New Uses Forum! 

With record crop yields across several regional commodities in recent years, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance. To that end, AURI is inviting you to register today for its New Uses Innovation Forum for Minnesota's agricultural industry.

The forum, scheduled for March 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN, is bringing together experts and entrepreneurs across the new uses arena, including university and industry R&D experts, Minnesota business and agbioeconomy partners, as well as the financial community. Together, they will participate in open discussions about the latest innovations and opportunities for developing new uses for Minnesota grown crops and agricultural
processing byproducts. The day's events include:
  • Industry panel discussions
  • Minnesota's activities and resources, 
  • Regional and global research efforts,
  • Networking opportunities, and 
  • Keynote addresses tailored to the interests of MN agriculture.
Above all, this will be an event to bring people together under the common goal of encouraging new growth and agricultural innovation here in Minnesota.

Vinegar Drinks Making a Splash!

Vinegar is making a splash in cocktails and soft drinks.

Minnesota food innovators are producing hip, handcrafted shrubs and switchels from muddled fruit, sugar and vinegar. These traditional drinks have roots in Colonial times, when people used apple cider vinegar to preserve fruit for the winter.

Modern shrubs-coming from the Arabic word "sharab," meaning "to drink" - are intensely flavored syrups that mix well with spirits, water or club soda. They are an easy way to add sweet and sour flavors to drinks, as well as salad dressings and sauces.
AURI Wants Your Opinions! 

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is conducting a reader survey in order to ensure its newspaper, Ag Innovation News, is the most interesting, engaging and informative publication in the value-added agriculture sector. 

The paper's editorial staff understands that sometimes changes are necessary to stay current and meet the readers' wants and needs. Every so often, it is important to consider the paper's strengths, weaknesses and areas of opportunity for the future.

Your opinions are an important element of this, so we want to hear your thoughts on the paper. What does it do well? Where could the editorial team make improvements? What can AURI do to make this publication even better? Tell us your thoughts and we'll enter you into a drawing for one of three $50 Visa gift cards! 

AURI Notes

AURI Seeks Qualified Candidates:
AURI is currently seeking individuals with a demonstrated interest in agriculture and the advancement of value-added agriculture projects to fill three open positions within the organization. 

Current openings:
To apply for any of these positions, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Ag Innovation News: Subscribe Today!

Where do you go to learn about the latest news about renewable energy, coproducts, biobased products and food science? If your answer didn't include the Ag Innovation Newspaper, then you have been missing out on important updates from around Minnesota. Contact us today at [email protected] to get your free, quarterly subscription to AURI's official publication. Each issue contains useful and interesting information, like:
  • News from Minnesota's ag industry
  • Updates on the latest technology and idea implementation
  • Information on how AURI is fostering economic benefits for the state
  • A special column from the Executive Director
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