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AURI Awarded USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant

    Earlier this month the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) was named the recipient of a $200,000 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) provided by the USDA. This grant was one of 29 awarded to organizations in 22 states to help create jobs and support business expansion in rural areas and it is the third time AURI received a RCDG since 2010. “America’s rural communities have incredible potential to create jobs and… Read More »AURI Awarded USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant

    NIFA Announces Funding Opportunity

        The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $8.3 million in available funding to support small businesses in the creation of advanced research and development projects that will lead to innovative solutions for American agriculture. This funding is available through the Small Business Innovation Research program, administered by NIFA. “Small businesses are the economic back bone of rural America,” said… Read More »NIFA Announces Funding Opportunity

      AURI clients receive USDA grants

        Six rural Minnesota businesses were recently awarded USDA Value-Added Producer Grants ranging from $49,000 to $200,000 each. Four of those businesses—Suntava, Living Greens Farms, Carlos Creek Winery, and Shepard’s Way Farms—have worked with or are working with AURI. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently highlighted how important these rural entrepreneurs are to the US economy by the $25 million the USDA invested in businesses nationwide to help expand and… Read More »AURI clients receive USDA grants

        AURI awarded $68,000 USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant

          Listen to radio segment about this story The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) has been awarded a USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) for $68,340 to further assist with the development of rural cooperatives in Minnesota in 2013. The work done with the grant will build on AURI’s previous successful work implementing an RCDG grant in 2011-12. With the funds, AURI will provide applied research, scientific assistance, project facilitation, marketing,… Read More »AURI awarded $68,000 USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant

          USDA Presents Biomass Processing Grant

            USDA Rural Development to Officially Award $99,000 Recovery Act Grant to AURI in Crookston for Biomass Processing. ST. PAUL, Minn. – Colleen Landkamer, State Director of USDA Rural Development, will visit the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Crookston at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1 to officially award a $99,000 grant. AURI will use the grant to provide technical assistance to biomass projects in 11 counties throughout rural Minnesota.… Read More »USDA Presents Biomass Processing Grant