APUC Awards $272,000

Funding includes field pea, hog, edible soybean and wine projects.

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission approved $272,230 in funding to the following nine agricultural projects at its recent quarterly meeting in Minot:

West Dakota Feed and Seeds, LLC, Ross, was awarded $36,500 to identify high-value markets for the expanding production of field peas and to develop products for fractionated field peas.

Brookins Hybrid Drive System, West Fargo, was awarded $26,100 for prototype testing of a hybrid air/hydraulic drive system that can be used in farm or grain trucks, tractors, combines and over-the-road trucks.

North Dakota Sow Center, LLP, Forest River, was awarded $36,000 for permitting and the development of a 5,000 head sow farm in the Carson area.

Northern Food Grade Soybean Association, Fargo, was awarded $13,000 to bring 10 qualified Asian soybean buyers to North Dakota to learn more about our agriculture industry.

GIANTS Snacks, LLC, Wahpeton, was awarded $60,000 to expand their marketing of sunflower seeds into 40 states and to promote an “Identity Preserve” program.

Red Trail Vineyard, Buffalo, was awarded $10,500 for a nature-based agri-tourism grant to sponsor tours of a working North Dakota vineyard. The Vineyard will also sponsor the 2nd Annual North Dakota Wine and Grape Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp, in Buffalo on August 25-26.

Renewable Commodities, Kindred, was awarded $41,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a 21-million-bushel, 30-million-gallon soybean crushing facility and refinery.

S & E Meats, Granville, was awarded $12,600 to create and market a specialty buffalo meat pizza.

North Dakota Branded Beef and Pack, LLC, Bismarck, was awarded $36,530 to develop and market processed meat products using the entire meat carcass and to increase the promotion, sales and shipping of North Dakota products in gift packages.

APUC will hold its next meeting Nov. 15-16 in Devils Lake. Applications must be received by Oct. 1. Applications for Prototype and Technical Assistance grants must be received by Sept. 1. See the Web site www.growingnd.com/index.asp?section=detail&pageid=268.  

Source: North Dakota APUC

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