Monday, November 28, 2022

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awards for nine projects. The awards totaling $1,065,422.75 were approved at the APUC quarterly meeting Nov. 17 in Wahpeton.

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 which support the development of concepts and products that support our rural communities and agriculture operations. 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 received approval:

ND Flax Works LLC was awarded $150,000 to market their hemp bedding and cold milled flax feed supplement. Contact Angie Wolfe at 701-230-1209.

Vertical Malt was awarded $250,000 to expand capacity through the deployment of drum style malting vessels. Contact Adam Wagner at 701-203-3358.

Hearthside LLC was awarded $84,500 to facilitate an architecture and construction plan for a state-of-the-art winery in Oakes. Contact Haley Moen at 701-710-0383.

Memories of Home by Becky LLC was awarded $42,033.75 to expand their commercial kitchen. Contact Becky Zahn Walcker at 701-871-1004.

UND Department of Mechanical Engineering was awarded $56,089 to develop biomass based integrated structures using hemp, flax, sunflower and/or corn-based products. Contact Surojit Gupta at 701-777-1632.

Chapul Farms was awarded $197,500 to complete engineering and design and an environmental assessment of an insect agriculture facility. Contact Patrick Crowley at 801-341-9211.

NDSU Coatings and Polymeric Materials was awarded $60,000 to develop acid-sensitive nanoparticles encapsulating anti-fungal components. Contact Mohiuddin Quadir at 701-231-6283.

Pearsons Green Acre Meats was awarded $75,600 for marketing efforts for a new state inspected meat processor in Wilton. Contact Debbie Pearson at 701-734-6670.

SafetySpect Inc. was awarded $149,700 to develop a multimode imaging system for drones for use in agricultural applications based on its proprietary multimode imaging technology and edge computing. Contact Joe Vacek at 701-885-2486.


APUC will hold its next grant application hearing on Feb. 16, 2023, in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Applications for the Feb. meeting must be received by Jan. 1, 2023.

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