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Published November 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

Four ND ag projects receive funding

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has approved $212,862 in funding to four agricultural projects at its Nov. 19 quarterly meeting .

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has approved $212,862 in funding to four agricultural projects at its Nov. 19 quarterly meeting .

The following requests were funded:

- North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck, $30,000 to conduct an equine processing facility feasibility study as required by the 2009 Legislature.

- Maple River Distillery, Casselton, $26,000 to market a new and unique utilization of North Dakota grown fruit and agricultural products produced and bottled in Casselton.

- Otoka Spiritwood, $100,000 for a business plan and feasibility study in the development of a cellulosic biomass refinery as part of the Spiritwood Industrial Park, which will produce cellulosic ethanol, purified lignin and feed grade molasses.

- North Dakota State University Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, $56,862 to develop a process to improve microbial quality of buckwheat and mustard seed using ozonated water.

APUC will hold its next grant application hearing Feb. 18-19. Applications for the February meeting must be received by Jan. 1.

For more information, call (701) 328-5300.

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