The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for eleven projects totaling $346,025 at its quarterly meeting November 20th at the NDSU 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 will be reviewed:
Firehouse Ribs, LLC (Medina) is requesting $119,800 to educate existing and potential customers on the products and services that Firehouse offers. They will also work to draw more business clients and create job positions to efficiently operate at plant capacity. Grant funds will be utilized for the execution of a marketing plan, advertising costs, product information and product shows. Contact Robert Heier at 701-486-3265 for additional information.
NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials (Fargo) is requesting $87,792 to employ an innovative inter-disciplinary approach to develop a novel next-generation vaccine against Swine Influenza Virus (SIV). The targeted methods have broad applicability to other economically important viral vaccines for farm animals as well as human influenza. Contact Andriy Voronov at 701-231-9563 for additional information.
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $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.
Renuvix, LLC (Fargo) is requesting $59,250 to generate marketing materials, a trade show booth and participate in six trade shows to promote their initial line of products: sucrose soyate, epoxidized soyate, and acrylated epoxidized sucrose soyate. Contact Dean Webster at 701-371-8670 for additional information.
Trojan Hoist Company (Hettinger) is requesting $ 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 Stofferahn at 701-205-4177 for additional information.
For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.