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July 2014

Kim Hintz of Agribank appointed to Agricultural Utilization Research Institute board

    Kim Hintz, senior lending officer at Agribank, has been appointed to represent agribusiness on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). Hintz has more than 10 years of agricultural lending experience, working at the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives, CoBank and Agribank. Hintz previously owned and operated a swine operation in North Dakota for the purpose of raising breeding stock for producers in southern Minnesota in… Read More »Kim Hintz of Agribank appointed to Agricultural Utilization Research Institute board

    AURI collaboration featured in Prairie Business Magazine

      AURI and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) are working together to provide a statewide industry report on agbiosciences. “AURI is now in the process of doing a comprehensive network map to see how industry, agriculture, researchers, academics and policy makers align with the Battelle AgBioscience strategy,” said Nate Dorr, NMF program officer for grants. “Funding a project like this helps to support future businesses in our region. From the statewide… Read More »AURI collaboration featured in Prairie Business Magazine

      Minnesota officials visit AURI clients

        On Monday, June 30, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Smude Oil in Pierz, Minnesota. Smude Oil produces cold-pressed, high oleic sunflower oil. AURI has helped with product development, nutritional analysis, and labeling for several of their products. The business recently expanded into a 22,000 square-foot warehouse space, where four part-time employees can press, bottle and ship the oil.   That visited was followed by a tour of Pet Care Systems… Read More »Minnesota officials visit AURI clients