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Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). Agricultural innovation from idea to reality. Today’s Presentation. Introduction (Dan Skogen) Client: BioPlastic Solutions (Gary Noble) Overview of AURI Impacts for the State of Minnesota (Dan Skogen). Who We Are.

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Agricultural utilization research institute auri

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)

Agricultural innovation from idea to reality

Today s presentation
Today’s Presentation

  • Introduction (Dan Skogen)

  • Client: BioPlastic Solutions (Gary Noble)

  • Overview of AURI Impacts for the State of Minnesota (Dan Skogen)

Who we are
Who We Are

AURI is all about taking agricultural innovations from idea to reality with the goal of strengthening Minnesota’s economy and creating new jobs.

Who we are1
Who We Are

AURI is led by agriculture leaders from across the state.

Bio plastic solutions llc1
Bio-Plastic Solutions, LLC

  • Business

    • Custom Profile Extrusions (2000)

    • Bio Plastic Material & Process Development (2003)

    • Bio Plastic Products (2010)

Ranking the plastics
Ranking the Plastics






Hazard classification of plastics - US Green Buildings Council

  • Bio-Polymers

    • Most Environmentally Friendly & No Hazards


  • PVC

    • Least Environmentally Friendly & Several Hazardous Components

    • Hazardous manufacturing process

Collaborating partners

Financial and Professional

Agriculture Utilization Research Institution (AURI)

Corn Growers Association

Soybean Growers Association

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

The BioAlliance of Minnesota

Bio-Plastic Solutions, LLC

Minnesota Angel Network


Collaborating Partners


  • Can it:

    • reduce risk?

    • provide better direction?

    • improve development speed?

    • build predictability?

    • bridge prototype to production?

    • increase all strategic partner’s confidence?

The biosolution biobest bio co polymer
The BioSolution: BioBest® bio-co-polymer

  • Agriculturally based bio-polymer alternative to PVC

  • Capable of engineered performance

  • Proprietary composition, extrusion process & several applications

  • Profile extrusion products

Environmental positives

Corn & Soybeans are rapidly renewable

Growing corn removes CO2

Less processing energy

No Chlorine or harmful plasticizers

No formaldehydes

Environmental Positives

Biobest process
BioBest® Process

Proprietary Profile Extrusion Process

Biopolymer Process


Reactive Biocomposite

BioBest Profile Extrusions


Agricultural utilization research institute auri

Proprietary Fiber Reinforcement


  • Improve Tensile Strength

  • Reduce Brittleness

  • Increase Heat Deflection

  • Utilize Waste Stream Products

Renewable materials
Renewable Materials

  • Meet Or Exceed Current Performance Requirements

    • Tensile and Modulus Strength

    • Brittleness

  • Meet Current Aesthetics And Options

    • Finish (gloss or matte) & Texture

    • Colors

    • Prints

  • Pricing Maximum Premium Of 5% to 15%

Auri growing minnesota s economy one innovation at a time
AURI: Growing Minnesota’s Economy One Innovation at a Time

Dan SkogenPlanning and Government Relations DirectorAURI

Leveraging for maximum impact
Leveraging for Maximum Impact

In FY11 and FY12:

  • State appropriation was $5.3/biennium

  • $5,680,046 of non-state funds leveraged

Economic development
Economic Development

In eight years:

  • $414,055,000 of capital invested in new plants or equipment

  • 281,320 tons of commodities used in new products or processes

  • 275new jobs created

  • 217jobs retained

    *Client-report, 16% reporting these impactsas a result of AURI’s assistance

The future of agbioscience in minnesota
The Future of Agbiosciencein Minnesota

  • Agriculture is essential to the economic recovery.

  • Every $1 of agricultural research results in at least $10 of economic development.*

  • Modern agriculture is high tech and high science.

    *Presidential Council’s report on ag research

Auri s innovation strategy
AURI’s Innovation Strategy

  • Generate: Ideas for innovation come from research, conversations, brainstorming and networking

  • Select: We work across organizations to determine the highest impact research and projects

  • Implement: We bring together the right people to implement the ideas in the marketplace

What our clients have to say
What Our Clients Have to Say

  • We are in business today for one reason—all of the help we’ve received. Without AURI, I don’t know where we would be today. We just had an idea; AURI made it possible.—Darryl Metcalfe, USA Solutions

  • AURI’s involvement from start to finish was invaluable. This is a project I know we could never have undertaken on our own.—John Peterson, Ferndale Market

  • Because of AURI, we didn't stop our development.—Gary Noble, BioPlastic Solutions

  • The technical assistance they have provided us has helped tremendously.—Eric Kreidermacher, Alternative Energy Solutions