News < Our newspaper Home | Ag Innovation News | Jul–Sep, 2007 Ag Innovation News Jul–Sep, 2007 Vol. 16, No. 3 This edition of Ag Innovation News was originally published in approximately July of 2007. Download the PDF Subscribe Executive Director’s Column July 1, 2007 Need fosters innovation — whether it’s approaching a problem from a different perspective or creating something new. Innovation in large companies generally comes from Chow down July 1, 2007 The cost of chowing down is going up. High corn prices — driven by exploding ethanol demand — have pushed up livestock feed Ethanol-fueled corn prices squeezing livestock sector July 1, 2007 Today, animal agriculture is the largest U.S. corn consumer. But as ethanol production rises in the coming decade, corn processing for fuel and sweeteners Eagle soars in home heating July 1, 2007 Plainview, Minn. — City inspectors in Austin, Minn., were suspicious. The gas meter at one home didn’t register any natural gas use. Assuming the Up in smoke July 1, 2007 Marshall, Minn. — A new product idea can only succeed if the research bears it out. Glycerin, as a renewable fuel, didn’t pass the Eat fresh – eat local July 1, 2007 It takes energy to serve up a good, healthy meal. You may have chemical-free beef, broccoli and potatoes on your plate, but petro likely More! Eat fresh – eat local July 1, 2007 As west central Minnesota’s population steadily declines, so do farm profits. In 2002, 34 percent of the farms reported net losses, even with federal Intensity in density July 1, 2007 Waseca, Minn. — Being called “dense” is not a compliment — unless you’re biomass. Interest in biomass energy is growing nationwide. Power plants are A wide-reaching web July 1, 2007 Waseca, Minn. — The information age is thriving in the agricultural industry, as evidenced by traffic surges to www.auri.org. “Every month there are tens Elsewhere in ag utilization July 1, 2007 Editors note: As a service to our readers, we provide news from around the globe on new uses for agricultural products. Please note that In between July 1, 2007 Waseca, Minn. — Biomass-pellet stoves are popular with home owners and with large industrial complexes. But another opportunity lies somewhere in between. Many light-industrial 2007 Ag Innovator awarded July 1, 2007 St. Joseph, Minn. — USA Solutions, designer of cornstalk-based hog mats, was presented the 2007 Ag Innovator of the Year Award by the AURI Ag Innovation Quiz July 1, 2007 1. One bushel of corn roughly equals how much energy? a. 5 gallons of liquid propane b. 3.5 gallons of fuel oil c.