BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced that a grant totaling $20,000 has been awarded for marketing and promotion of the grape, fruit and wine industry in North Dakota.
“North Dakota’s grape and wine industry continues to grow and evolve,” Goehring said. “The marketing and promotion funded by this grant will help promote cold hardy grape growing and quality wine making.”
The grant was awarded to the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association for $20,000 to increase and promote awareness of growing grapes in the state, promote the research being done to provide grape varieties that will make wine with unique flavors and characteristics, and promote wines made in North Dakota with North Dakota grown grapes.
Grant applications were screened by a committee, which provided the Agriculture Commissioner with recommendations for awarding grants. A total of $80,000 is allocated in grant funds for research and promotion in the 2021-2023 biennium. The other $60,000 was awarded earlier this year for industry research.