By ND Commerce Department
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for five projects totaling $218,583 at its quarterly meeting March 21 and 22 in Carrington.
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 approved:
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
- Stone Mill, LLC (Richardton) was awarded a $105,000 grant to develop marketing materials to promote their new state-of-the-art, food-safety processes. Stone Mill is expanding their operations by building a new grain processing facility and warehouse. This expansion will allow Stone Mill to increase their production while adding an additional value-added step to local agricultural commodities. Contact Daneen Dressler at 701-974-2106.
- M Squared Genetics (Wahpeton) was awarded a $72,000 grant to purchase testing equipment designed for seed breeding and research. The company focuses on non-GMO soybean breeding along with generating new soybean genetics from a germplasm base. Contact Tessa Mohs at 701-640-4425.
- Prairie Brothers Brewing, LLC (Fargo) was awarded $21,000 to develop trade show banners, marketing collateral and advertising strategies aimed at increasing awareness of North Dakota grain production use in brewery facilities. Contact Donald Kenna at 701-282-7222.
- NDSU Department of Agriculture & Applied Economics (Fargo) was awarded $20,583 to develop a marketing plan to assist in selling a health supplement made of flaxseed hulls ground into a powder. Contact Dr. Thomas Wahl at 701-231-9481.
For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com .