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Focus Areas

Our work in ag-based commodities focuses on four core areas: food, renewable energy, biobased products, coproducts and multi-disciplinary. Choose one of the focus areas for an overview of the resources AURI can dedicate to your mission.

Biobased Products

There is a growing opportunity for Minnesota businesses to use agricultural products to replace traditionally petroleum-based ingredients in materials such as plastics, films, building materials, lubricants, sealants and much more. Continue Reading Biobased Products

Renewable Energy

The production of renewable energy from agricultural products remains an exciting opportunity. From transportation fuels to heat to electricity, we’re working on ways to keep ag-based bioenergy a strong contributor to the state’s economy. Continue Reading Renewable Energy


Nearly every agricultural processor generates waste or coproducts. Creating new uses for these byproducts can create significant new revenue streams. Our new guide outlines the many resources available to Coproduct clients.

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Today’s consumers are health-conscious and busy, demanding convenient and wholesome foods, and food safety is more important to consumers than ever. Continue Reading Food