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APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $383,317
Post Date: Jan 20 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $383,317 at its quarterly meeting February 18th in Fargo.

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 agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.

The following requests will be reviewed: 
  • NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $20,000 to screen industrial hemp cultivars in replicated field studies. The process of defining the basic guidelines for production will aid in crop commercialization in North Dakota. Contact Dr. Burton Johnson at (701) 231-8895. 
  • NDSU Carrington Research (Carrington) is requesting $14,567 to assess fertilizer values of distillers’ grains in wheat production. The process will assist in determining a more practical economic alternative to minimize fertilizer input costs, one of the highest expenses in crop production in North Dakota. Contact Dr. Jasper Teboh at (701) 652-2951. 
  • Quality Agriculture Products, LLC (Fargo) is requesting $190,000 to produce and commercialized hemp products in North Dakota. The project will consider the legal and market ramifications, and the logistical requirements in developing this product. Contact David Holand at (701) 237-9382. 
  • Prairie View Lodge (Pekin) is requesting $26,250 to update the facility and promote the business. Contact Chris Ahl at (701) 381-2632.
  • TR Solutions (Hurdfield) is requesting $25,500 to develop a product to offer a better mud scraping ability with very little wear eliminating the need for tire replacement. This product is intended to fix two problems inherent in current planters and single disc air drills designs. Contact Robin Weisz at (701) 220-8007. 
  • Todd's Honey Farm, LLC (Richardton) is requesting $25,000 to expand its business operation to include further processing of its raw honey product for retail sale locally. Contact Todd Whitney at (701) 590-2305. 
  • North Dakota Dairy Coalition (Mandan) is requesting $82,000 to conduct a feasibility study to provide a clearly defined starting point to identify and recruit a milk processing facility in North Dakota in order to increase and expand its milk production and processing capacity. Contact Jennifer Holle (701) 214-1451. 
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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