The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for 12 projects totaling $868,872 at its quarterly meeting May 15-16 in Bismarck.
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 will be reviewed:
701 Meats (Belfield) is requesting $97,650 to construct a butchering facility to be certified by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture Meat Inspection Program. The facility will process lamb, beef, bison, hogs, elk, deer and rabbits. Contact Roy Krivoruchka at 701-290-6874.
Cloverdale Foods Company (Mandan) is requesting $248,652 to improve a trolley system designed for chilling during the cooking process to ensure food safety and subsequent processing. Contact Justin Brotzler at 701-663-9511.
Gardendwellers FARM (Esmond) is requesting $7,093 to begin processing and packaging of freeze-dried herbs to provide an easily packed and carried product available throughout the year for marketing to its agritourism visitors. Contact Holly Mawby at 701-351-2520.
Gardendwellers Ranch (Esmond) is requesting $3,223 to begin a campaign to attend farmers markets across the northern portion of North Dakota to promote the consumption of local lamb meat. It also will provide the meat source for the entree serving at an annual farm-to-table dinner in central North Dakota. Contact Adam Mawby at 701-230-7577
Genesis Feed Technology (Fargo) is requesting $95,550 to develop an ingredient evaluator prototype to properly market feed ingredients to buyers. With this information, buyers can offer premiums and incentives for high-quality commodities which will result in lower-cost feed with more money in the pockets of the farmers who grow the crops. Contact Peter Schott at 701-269-0187.
Hankinson Renewable Energy LLC (Hankinson) is requesting $52,500 to conduct an improvement project to its current plant. This $3.2 million project will involve the installation of stack heat recovery equipment that will improve plant efficiencies and increase ethanol production. Contact Dodi Matti at 952-465-0229.
Invigoils LLC (Bismarck) is requesting $81,179 to research a project to source regional identity preserved oilseed commodities for cold press processing for a commercial market of both human and animal consumption. Contact Larry White at 701-471-4698.
NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (Minot) is requesting $46,845 to research oilseed crops like canola, sunflower and flax for direct comparisons of oil content across varieties/hybrids and locations. Contact Shana Forster at 701-857-7679.
Oakes Enhancement Inc. (Oakes) is requesting $42,000 to construct an agriculture resource center for private and public organizations to conduct research studies. Contact Emily Ptacek at 701-742-3508.
Rapha Global Corporation (Tappen) is requesting $85,066 to implement a marketing plan developed by NDSU to sell Rapha's Flax Hull Lignans and other innovative flaxseed nutritional products. Contact Lon Cummings at 320-304-4324.
Tuttle Community Development Corporation (Tuttle) is requesting $50,001 to implement a marketing plan to sell fresh pasta to food service accounts within a 250-mile radius of Tuttle. Contact Vonette Mehlhoff at 701-391-1497.
UND - Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Grand Forks) is requesting $59,113 to research a partnership with Australian technology startup Bee Innovative to unlock an entirely new market for agricultural drones In the United States. The company has experience in tracking honeybees in real time for precision. Contact Paul Snyder at 701-777-7813.
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.