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Published May 20, 2013, 09:30 AM

The phases of development

Multiple investments have been made in hopes of developing a nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

Corn grower groups have made several investments, hoping to come up with plans for a nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota.

Phase I

North Dakota Corn Utilization Council:

• $39,000 for a North Dakota State University flare gas study.

• $59,000 from an Agricultural Products Utilization Commission grant.

Phase II

Northern Corn Development Corp. — business planning: consultants, accounting and legal:

• $100,000 APUC grant.

• $925,000 NDCUC commitment.

• $25,000 Minnesota Corn Growers.

• $25,000 South Dakota Corn Growers.

• $25,000 Manitoba Canola Association.

• $25,000 North Dakota Soybean Council.

Total — $1.125 million.

Phase III

Northern Plains Nitrogen — for-profit corporation, to build a $1 to $1.5 billion manufacturing plant in Grand Forks, N.D. Financing hasn’t been announced.

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