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APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $201,225
Post Date: Nov 24 2014

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $201,225 at its quarterly meeting November 20th at the North Dakota State University Research Extension Center in Carrington.
APUC is a committee 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 agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assistance.
The following requests were awarded:
Renuvix LLC (Hettinger) was awarded $59,250 to generate marketing materials, develop a trade show booth and participate in six trade shows to promote their initial line of products. Renuvix LLC products include sucrose soyate, epoxidized soyate, and acrylated epoxidized sucrose soyate.  Contact Dean Webster at 701-371-8670 for additional information.
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $54,183 to determine the impact of heat processing on the shelf life of flaxseed to eliminate microorganisms. Contact Clifford Hall at 701-231-6359 for additional information.
The following projects were awarded full funding with contingencies:
NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials (Fargo) was awarded $87,792 to employ an innovative inter-disciplinary approach to develop a next-generation vaccine against Swine Influenza Virus. The targeted methods have broad applicability to other viral vaccines for farm animals as well as human influenza. Contact Andriy Voronov at 701-231-9563 for additional information.
Trojan Hoist Company (Hettinger) was awarded $25,000 to develop and test a portable AG Lift, produce several prototypes for testing and end-user evaluation. Ergonomic and safety features will also be designed and tested. Marketing and advertising efforts will focus on industry specific trade publications and targeted specific conventions in agriculture, sportsmen, auto and assisted mobility. Contact Scott Thompson at 701-205-4177 for additional information
The next APUC board hearing will be held February 19, 2015 in Bismarck.  Applications for the February meeting must be received by January 1, 2015.  Prototype and Technical Assistance grants must be received by December 1, 2014.
For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com or “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.
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