Multi Species Report

In an effort to reach possible new markets, interest in producing alternative livestock has grown among Minnesota producers. For many of these species, little information exists. AURI has commissioned a study which focuses on the current and future potential of a number of alternative species as meat producing animals and birds. This study is helpful for producers who may be interested in pursuing alternative species production for their operation. File… Read More »Multi Species Report

Growing Hybrid Poplars as a Crop

The Minnesota Hybrid Poplar Research Cooperative (MHPRC) was formed in 1996 with support from the state of Minnesota.

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Meat Goat Initiative

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Minnesota can expect one hundred and ninety thousand foreign immigrants between 1995 and 2025. During a similar period, the United States is expected to increase in population by 44 million due to foreign immigrants. This increase in ethnic populations will likely increase the demand for ethnic foods, including goat meat. Emerging demand for fresh goat in Minnesota’s Somali and Hispanic communities prompted… Read More »Meat Goat Initiative

Trans Fat Labeling

The retailers are not required to file a notice with the FDA. Further, under 21 CFR 101.9(j)(18) and 21 CFR 101.36(h)(2), nutrition labeling exemptions for low-volume products apply under certain circumstances. For example, if the person claiming the exemption employs fewer than an average of 100 full-time equivalent employees and fewer than 100,000 units of that product are sold in the United States in a preceding 12-month period the product would be eligible for a labeling exemption for any 12-month period. For these exemptions, a notice must be filed annually with FDA.

Small Scale Meat Producers

General consideration of business finance, plant personnel and marketing your product,Types of operations such as processing and slaughtering,Physical plant issues including, availability of utilities, plant layout, equipment, etc.,Energy management issues such as electric power, refrigeration, water, transportation, etc., and Government regulations.