The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for five projects totaling $587,175 at its quarterly meeting July 21st at the Rough Riders Hotel & Conference Center in Medora.
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:
Bektrom Foods Inc. (Cando) is requesting $200,000 to market over 250 items in North Dakota. Funds will be used to maintain and seek new customers; travel to showcase/trade shows and new product development. Contact Shannon Erickson at (701) 799-3295.
Dakota Specialty Milling Inc. (Fargo) is requesting $200,000 to expand production capacity and increase its advertising and marketing efforts. Funds will be used for sales and marketing of current and new products and preliminary research and pre-construction requirements to expand production facilities. Contact Bryan Hendricks at (701) 282-9656.
NDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $50,000 for the purpose of studying whether cows near the oil fields in Western North Dakota are exposed to chemicals (due to dust exposure) such as carcinogens. Funding will be used to purchase chemicals and supplies, student salaries and travel. Contact Dr. Chung Park at (701) 231-7670.
NDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $43,260 to examine changes in nutrition of pregnant cows as to how it affects offspring outcomes. This component of the experiment covers hormone and metabolite analysis of cows and calves and will provide basic information as to how maternal nutrition influences nutritional and hormonal status. Contact Dr. Kendall Swanson at (701) 231-6502.
BisMan Community Food Cooperative (Bismarck) is requesting $93,915 to open a full-scale, member-owned retail grocery store in early 2016. The funding will be used to establish and build new vendor agreements with small to mid-sized farmers; implement the pre-opening marketing to continue to grow membership numbers and build awareness; and educational programming within the store. Contact Heidi Demars at (701) 595-1263.
For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at http://www.NDAPUC.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.