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Bison and Regenerative Agriculture

      About General Mills’ EPIC Product: EPIC set out to create the world’s first 100% Grass-fed meat, fruit, and nut bar. We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Open Innovation Challenge: Need 100% Grass-fed bison meat to support mission and business growth Scope of Solution Space: 100% Grass-fed Bison meat without the use of antibiotics or confined… Continue Reading Bison and Regenerative Agriculture


      Idea to reality: EarthClean needed certification by the USDA Forest Service in order to use their corn-based firefighting product TetraKO to fight forest fires. The company also wanted to develop a liquid version. AURI’s role: AURI scientists are working with EarthClean on product development and testing. Outcomes: With testing and product development help from several of AURI’s scientists, EarthClean had commercial quantities of TetraKO powder available for the 2012-13 wildfire season, and… Continue Reading EarthClean

      Bio-Plastic Solutions

        Idea to reality: Develop eco-friendly building materials, including window trim interiors and office furniture, that use ag fibers such as wheat straw fiber and polymers to improve the products. AURI’s role: AURI connected Bio-Plastic Solutions to North Dakota State University researchers that led to a network of resources such as the University of Minnesota, state universities in Winona and Mankato, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and Minnesota manufacturers — including a window… Continue Reading Bio-Plastic Solutions