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APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $523,339
Post Date: Nov 18 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for five projects totaling $523,339 at its quarterly meeting November 17 in Bottineau.

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 were awarded:
  • NDSU Dept. of Animal Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $57,870 to continue research of monitoring heifers and cows for pregnancy as well as determine if hematological assessments can predict successful pregnancy. Contact Dr. Kimberley Vonnahme at (701) 231-5883.
  • North American Green Pulp (Grand Forks) was awarded $151,000 to design, engineer, construct and operate a state-of-the-art wheat straw pulping plant. The group plans to produce approximately 35,000 metric tons of straw pulp annually. The plant will employ 30 to 40 individuals. Contact Dr. Hua Sun at (763) 706-7078.
  • NDSU Center for Social Research (Fargo) was awarded $230,929 to estimate the economic contribution of the agriculture industry to the North Dakota economy. Grant funds will be used to support research staff at NDSU to complete data collection and analysis. Contact Dr. Nancy Hodur at (701) 231-7357.
  • Section3Hops (Casselton) was awarded $40,000 to supply locally grown hops to craft breweries. Grant funds will be used for equipment and initial set up of the one acre hop yard to include trellising, planting, weeding, fertilizing and harvesting of crops. The acquisition of this equipment will be co-oped out to other local hops farmers to aid in their harvesting. Funds will also support travel to other hop producers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan. Contact Amy Meier at (701) 793-6299. 
  • NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $43,540 to carry out initial screening research to identify high phenolic, high antioxidant grape varieties suitable for cultivation in North Dakota. Contact Dr. Kalidas Shetty at (701) 231-5058.
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 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC
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