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APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $320,394.00
Post Date: Feb 23 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $320,394.00 at its quarterly meeting February 19th at the North Dakota Department of Commerce in Bismarck.
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:
Fluffy Fields Vineyard (Dickinson) was awarded $61,050 to seek new markets by expanding crop production to a full-service winery to promote locally bottled wine, tourism and events. Contact Kevin Kinzel at (701) 483-2242.
Pembina/Walsh County Livestock Processing Committee (Grafton) was awarded $35,170 for consultant and legal fees related to fundraising and the construction process for the design, procurement and placement of equipment for the establishment of a multi-species slaughter and processing facility to provide custom meat processing services to area livestock producers and plant processed meat products to the public. Contact Julius Wangler at (701) 360-1000.
Giant Snacks. Inc. (Wahpeton) was awarded $150,000 to expand marketing efforts of new products and grow their brand into new territories including California, Texas and Mexico.  Contact Robert Schuler at (701) 672-1330.
Red Barn & Berry Farm (Kindred) was awarded $26,250 to expand operations and open for “Red Barn Weddings” and other events by completing Phase II of their remodeling plan. Contact Chris Gehrig at (701) 238-0570.
The following project was awarded full funding with contingencies:
NDSU Dept. of Animal & Range Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $47,924 to hire a graduate student for the research and monitoring of hematocrit levels of dairy heifers and cows during the estrous cycle and pregnancy for the development of an on-farm test to be designed and commercialized.  Contact Kimberly Vonnahme at (701) 231-5883.
The next APUC board hearing will be held May 21, 2015 in Washburn.  Applications for the May meeting must be received by April 1, 2015.  Prototype and Technical Assistance grants must be received by
March 1, 2015.
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.  For additional information, please visit www.NDAPUC.com.
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