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APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $1,204,865
Post Date: Jul 11 2018

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for 15 projects totaling $1,204,865 at its quarterly meeting July 23 and 24 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. 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:

Rural Economic Area Partnership Investment Fund (Dickinson) is requesting $116,000 to conduct preliminary architectural, engineering, distribution/marketing studies to guide building a vertical farm in North Dakota. Contact Shirley Brentrup at (701) 483-1447.

Project Phoenix (Fargo) is requesting $118,272 to develop a product launch plan for their browser-based platform for drone pilots to store and distribute content in precision agriculture. Contact Anthony Molzahn at (218) 391-3369.

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) is requesting $71,273 to design and develop an advanced integrated solar-LFP battery powered water pump system. Contact Yong Hou at (701) 777-4339.

Oasis Super Studios Media (Fargo) is requesting $33,495 to develop an aquaponics-based farming social enterprise named A FISH START. Contact Alvin Geekpr at (701) 809-1228.

Geo-Matoes (Fullerton) is requesting $26,250 to expand operations of their hydroponic greenhouse. Contact Larry Schumacker at (701) 680-2472.

Ax Fit (Fargo) is requesting $78,500 to develop marketing materials to promote tax water and aronia berries. Contact Blake Johnson at (701) 306-7069.

Ridl's Country Fixins (Belfield) is requesting $32,603 to design and build a custom exempt/state inspection meat processing room. Contact Clint Ridl at (701) 575-2024.

Rivers Edge Energy (Trenton) is requesting $85,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for the purpose to build a 20-million-gallon ethanol facility in North Dakota. Contact Ken Kjos at (701) 572-3530.

Plains Mobile (Linton) is requesting $130,000 to design a cloud-based farm and ranch management solution. Contact Jon Richter at (701) 321-2415.

NDSU - Coatings and Polymeric Materials (Fargo) is requesting $55,124 to conduct a feasibility study of using free radical polymerization of monomers developed from oil-seed crops in personal care products. Contact Andriy Voronov at (701) 231-9563.

Dakota Specialty Enterprises (Fargo) is requesting $70,665 to develop a plan to grow international sales of North Dakota grown and processed crops in new – international markets. Contact Peter Matthaei at (701) 282-9656.

Black Bison Organics (Bismarck) is requesting $125,000 to build an education and demonstration facility. Contact Derek Lowstuter at (303) 565-0350.

Stump Lake Lodge (Pekin) is requesting $36,144 to improve operations and make their apartment-style rental units more energy efficient. Contact Chris Ahl at (701) 381-2632.

Baker Boy Bake Shop (Dickinson) is requesting $166,000 to manufacture and market two new donut products. Contact Guy Moos at (701) 225-4444.

Pheasants Dakota (Regent) is requesting $56,039 to develop a marketing plan for their hunting experience using both a game preserve and natural setting in southwestern North Dakota. Contact Gary Greff at (701) 563-6400.

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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