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APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $407,634
Post Date: Jul 20 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for six projects totaling $407,634 at its quarterly meeting July 18th in Medora.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.

The following requests were awarded:
  • North Dakota Soybean Processors (Fargo) was awarded $103,000 to defray costs for preliminary engineering services for a soybean crush facility and refinery. Contact Darin Perius at (701) 541-0399.
  • Dakota Specialty Milling (Fargo) was awarded $82,300 to expand its domestic and international sales and marketing activities. Contact Bryan Hendricks at (701) 282-9656.
  • Spiritwood Ingredients LLC (Fergus Falls, MN) was awarded $52,500 to develop and construct a barley processing plant using five million bushels of high protein feed barley to produce high concentrate barley protein for use in the aquaculture (fish farming) industry. The remaining co-product will be used as feedstock for ethanol production. The project will be part of the Spiritwood Industrial Energy Park in North Dakota. Contact Todd Hylden at (218) 205-0545.
  • Keshav Rajpal (Grand Forks) was awarded $84,000 for the Red River BioRefinery’s engineering phase of their project for a fully integrated biorefinery, which will be one of the largest advanced ethanol producers in the U.S. and one of the lowest cost producers of both advanced and cellulosic ethanol. The biorefinery will transform low value agricultural byproducts to value added biofuels and other coproducts. Contact Keshav Rajpal at (608) 334-7240.
  • Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery (Dickinson) was awarded $59,584 to support a comprehensive marketing campaign designed to increase visitors and revenues and lean evaluation of production practices. Contact Deb Kinzel at (701) 483-2242.
  • The 2016 Agricultural Bio-Sciences International Conference (Fargo) was awarded $26,250 for marketing and educational efforts for the 2016 Conference to be held in Fargo, ND, September 18-21, 2016. The conference is a premier global meeting promoting innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed and fiber security. Contact the conference planning committee at (701) 237-4850.
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.
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