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APUC Awards Funding Totaling $143,795
Post Date: Nov 27 2018

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for five projects totaling $143,795 at its quarterly meeting Nov. 15 in Grand Forks.

APUC is a North Dakota Department of Commerce program that administers grant programs for research and development of 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 were approved:

Maple River Winery (Casselton) was awarded $21,000 for a marketing project aimed at holiday pop-up markets. The plan focuses on Pride of Dakota companies, who are developing a local retail venue during the holidays. Contact Greg Kempel at 701-347-5900.

NDSU - Coatings and Polymeric Materials (Fargo) was awarded $36,590 to develop a nanotechnology-powered, chemical formulation platform known as “NANOscale Neosomic Dispersion.” Nano-NDs can be used to prepare water-borne formulations of a broad spectrum of active agents with poor water-solubility and stability. Contact Mohiuddin Quadir at 701-231-9563.

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $28,480 to determine the biological activity of Emmer, which will be highly relevant in promoting its health benefits to general consumers and promoting it as a “super grain.” Contact Senay Simsek at 701-231-8186.

NDSU Williston Research Center (Williston) was awarded $13,374 to research a new perennial crop that can be harvested as a high-value grain and cut for high-quality forage in the same year. Contact Clair Keene at 701-774-4315.

Rivers Edge Energy (Trenton) was awarded $44,351 to market a new 25 million-gallon ethanol facility in Trenton. The plant will be built on the Yellowstone Energy site near Trenton, with access to BNSF for railing ethanol to West Coast markets. Contact Ken Kjos at 701-572-3530.

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.
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