Eight projects receive APUC funding

North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission hands out $288,187 for projects at May meeting.

North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission grants will go toward finding ways to use North Dakota ag products. One grant awarded May 2020 went to BisMan Community Food Cooperative to market local foods. (Jenny Schlecht / Agweek)

BISMARCK, N.D. โ€” Eight projects received $288,187 from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission at the commission's May 21 quarterly meeting.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture 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 received approval:

  • Three Farm Daughters, LLLP was awarded $68,800 to produce and develop a line of high fiber resistant starch and reduced gluten food products.
  • BisMan Community Food Cooperative was awarded $32,000 to support marketing efforts and local producers video profiles to attract more customers.
  • Chef Heather LLC was awarded $14,527 to organize a week full of events and ideas to highlight different ways to support the local food system.
  • Cloverdale Foods Company was awarded $34,767 to increase bacon production yield utilizing existing space, design and patent bacon specific tools and expand capabilities within the existing facility.
  • Dakota College at Bottineau was awarded $37,553 for an applied research project to identify and develop varieties of industrial CBD hemp cultivars that will perform well in the North Dakota climate.
  • Hygge Hills was awarded $20,000 to add a train feature for their on-farm agriculture tourism business.
  • The North Dakota State University Civil Engineering Department was awarded $55,540 to identify new uses and add value for oregano and related high phenolic crops grown in North Dakota.
  • Ringside LLC was awarded $25,000 to market an app used to track and promote livestock as they show and sell across the United States.

APUC will hold its next grant application hearing on July 21-22, 2020, in Medora. Applications for the July meeting must be received by July 1, 2020. Prototype and technical assistance applications must be received by Sept. 1 for the Nov. 18-19, 2020, meeting.
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