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APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $433,231
Post Date: Nov 02 2017

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for six projects totaling $433,231 at its quarterly meeting November 16 in Stanley.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for research and development of 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 will be reviewed:

NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $48,940 to improve the production and nutritional quality of winter-hardy raspberries and blackberries suitable for North Dakota. Optimization of organic production for these winter-hardy berries will strengthen organic food production in North Dakota. Contact Harlene Hatterman-Valenti (701) 231-8536.

Northern Ag Development Corporation (Arthur) is requesting $31,500 to develop a laboratory test kit that can provide early detection of bacteria in the fermentation tanks of ethanol plants. Northern Ag will work with test kit companies to license this technology and make it available to end users. Contact Kevin Skunes at (701) 967-8507.

Myriad Mobile (Fargo) is requesting $50,000 to embark on a commercialization project that will bring Bushel, the grain industry's first automated mobile app platform for elevators and cooperatives to connect with their growers and deliver real-time actionable information. Contact Amanda Hanson at (701) 446-7912.

Anchor Ingredients Co., LLC (Fargo) is requesting $150,000 to expand operations by adding a pea protein facility in Buffalo, ND. Anchor's new pea fractionation plant will produce dry milled pea protein and pea starch. The pea protein will be supplied to both the food and pet food markets. Contact Seth Novak at (701) 499-1480.

North American Coal Company and Great River Energy (Underwood) are requesting $90,000 to determine feasibility of co-locating a commercial greenhouse near an existing power plant. Contact Anne Hansen at (701) 442-7095.

VanBedaf Dairy LLP (Carrington) is requesting $62,791 to explore a pilot program for production and marketing of on-farm gelato production. Contact Wilhelmina van Bedaf (Maartje) at (701) 650-0153.

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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