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APUC Approves Funding Requests Totaling $312,375
Post Date: Jul 30 2019

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) has awarded funding requests for seven projects totaling $312,375 that was previously held at the July quarterly meeting in Medora.
APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for research and development of new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. APUC promotes economic diversification through awarding grants that can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance. In this round of applications, health products, intellectual property commercialization, the energy industry and manufacturing could benefit from the varied nature of APUC’s support to economic diversification and growth. 
The following requests were awarded:
Baker Boy Bake Shop, Inc. (Dickinson) was approved for $55,650 to develop a line of ten new donut products by Fall of 2019. This new line of donuts will be marketed throughout the US through trade publications, social media, and email advertising. Contact Guy Moos at 701-225-4444.
Bitz 4 Solutions (Napoleon) was approved for $26,250 to develop a logistics app for the livestock industry that will centralize information for the sender, transporter and receiver for all livestock deliveries. Contact James Philip Bitz at 701-226-2197. 
Black Bison Organics, LLC (Bismarck) was approved for $49,000 to construct an education and demonstration facility.  Both buildings will be constructed using the innovative Nordic Steel building system, based out of Mandan, ND; thereby demonstrating the use and effectiveness of two local products. Contact Derek Lowstuter at 303-565-0350. 
CoJack Snack & Pack LLC (Devils Lake) was approved for $105,425 grant will make it possible to promote identity preserved natural products to a large buying group. Contact Gene Hepper 701-466-2398.
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was approved for $23,550 to obtain, evaluate, and disseminate findings regarding the application of mechanized and semi-mechanized tools for new and expanding regional grape growing operations. Contact Harlene Hatterman-Valenti at 701-231-8161.
Summers Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Devils Lake) was approved for $26,250 to develop innovation in farm equipment which enables variable rate tillage while helping agricultural producers be more efficient. Contact Bruce Johnson at 701-662-5391. 
Total Ag Industries (Hillsboro) was approved for $26,250 to develop a prototype of a new harvesting equipment for high-CBD hemp. Grant funds will be used for the engineering, research and development and manufacturing of the prototype for the leaf and bud stripper. Contact Pat Muller at 701-636-4524.
Starting August 1, the APUC program will be transitioning to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. For additional program information please contact Bradley Dean at 701-328-2231 or visit https://www.nd.gov/ndda/
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