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APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $418,269
Post Date: Jan 29 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $418,269 at its quarterly meeting February 19th at the North Dakota Department of Commerce in Bismarck.
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: 
Fluffy Fields Vineyard (Dickinson) is requesting $40,000 to seek new markets by expanding crop production to a full-service winery to promote locally bottled wine, tourism and events. Funds will be used to complete a market analysis and feasibility study to determine market position, market penetration, market segments (wine, tourism, farmers market, other), consumer characteristics and buying habits, and producing pricing strategies. Funds will also support development of a marketing plan and defray costs associated with the business concept development. Contact Kevin Kinzel at (701)483-2242.
Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (Casselton) is requesting $42,000 to partner with the North Dakota Soybean Council to create five webinars targeted to Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Professional Agronomists and North Dakota Soybean Growers.  Webinar topics will include: weed control, soil, disease and insect management, genetics, identity-preserved/purity and food value and economic benefits.  Contact Robert Sinner at (701) 347-4900.
Pembina/Walsh County Livestock Processing Committee (Grafton) is requesting $35,170 for consultant and legal fees related to fundraising and the construction process for the design, procurement and placement of equipment for the establishment of a multi-species slaughter and processing facility to provide custom meat processing services to area livestock producers and plant processed meat products to the public. Contact Julius Wangler at (701) 360-1000.
Giant Snacks. Inc. (Wahpeton) is requesting $150,000 to expand marketing efforts of new products and grow their brand into new territories including California, Texas and Mexico.  Funds will also be utilized for advertising, sampling and general costs associated with setting up new accounts and marketing of a low sodium, innovative new roast into the marketplace.  Giant Snacks intend to both market and educate consumers on their product of farm to package. Contact Robert Schuler at (701) 672-1330.
Red Barn & Berry Farm (Kindred) is requesting $26,250 to expand operations and open for “Red Barn Weddings” and other events by completing Phase II of their remodeling plan. Funds will defray costs to build an addition to the barn for bathrooms and bride and groom rooms. Completion of this phase will enable them to open for summer and early fall weddings and to market their agritourism business with a new amenity that is very important to raspberry and produce customers.  Contact Chris Gehrig at (701)238-0570.
Abbiamo Pasta Company (Casselton) is requesting $76,925 to use North Dakota's agricultural crops/pulses in pasta to find an alternative to egg whites/whole egg in pasta/noodle production, increase nutritional value, act as an egg replacement, and develop a gluten free formula.  Research includes the evaluation of pulses (nutritional values and functional properties), test run to produce pastas using pulses, and evaluation of finished products (textures, sensory, cooking properties etc.). Grant funds will be used for the purchase of table-top, lab scale equipment, raw materials, travel, labor and tests. Contact Chuck Kessler at (701) 347-2010.
NDSU Dept. of Animal & Range Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $47,924 to hire a graduate student for the research and monitoring of hematocrit levels of dairy heifers and cows during the estrous cycle and pregnancy for the development of an on-farm test to be designed and commercialized.  Contact Kimberly Vonnahme at (701) 231-5883.
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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