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APUC To Review Funding Requests Totaling $1,207,134
Post Date: Jul 19 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for thirteen projects totaling $1,207,134 at its quarterly meeting July 18th in Medora.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing 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 will be reviewed: 
  • Grand Forks Region EDC (Grand Forks) is requesting $32,382 to complete a market analysis for expanded transload services in the Grand Forks region. Contact Keith Lund at (701) 746-2722. 
  • North Dakota Soybean Processors (Fargo) is requesting $103,000 to defray costs for preliminary engineering services for a soybean crush facility and refinery. Contact Darin Perius at (701) 541-0399. 
  • Dakota Specialty Milling (Fargo) is requesting $203,000 to expand its domestic and international sales and marketing activities and engineering design work for a new 70,000 square foot food grade warehouse. Contact Bryan Hendricks at (701) 282-9656. 
  • New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery LLC (Amherst, MA) is requesting $125,000 to develop and operate a commercial-scale refinery which would be a part of the Spiritwood Industrial Energy Park in North Dakota. The project's purpose is to convert local crop residues such as corn stover and wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol and solid lignin biofuel and to market these profitably. Contact Stephan Rogers at (413) 531-6884. 
  • Spiritwood Ingredients LLC (Fergus Falls, MN) is requesting $52,500 to develop and construct a barley processing plant using five million bushels of high protein feed barley to produce high concentrate barley protein for use in the aquaculture (fish farming) industry. The remaining co-product will be used as feedstock for ethanol production. The project will be part of the Spiritwood Industrial Energy Park in North Dakota. Contact Todd Hylden at (218) 205-0545. 
  • Keshav Rajpal (Grand Forks) is requesting $253,000 for the Red River BioRefinery’s engineering phase of their project for a fully integrated biorefinery, which will be one of the largest advanced ethanol producers in the U.S. and one of the lowest cost producers of both advanced and cellulosic ethanol. The biorefinery will transform low value agricultural byproducts to value added biofuels and other coproducts. Contact Keshav Rajpal at (608) 334-7240. 
  • Crunchfuls North Dakota (Mountain View, CA) is requesting $93,000 to bring the healthy benefits of ND beans to schools in a convenient daily ready-to-eat bean bar and bean bites, branded as Sure Snack which is compliant with School Nutrition’s USDA. The project will focus on product sampling and product presentations with school food service directors toward securing their interest and partnership for launch in schools starting with North Dakota and expanding nationwide. Contact Stephanie Hoffart at (701) 852-1075. 
  • Dakota Pride Cooperative (Jamestown) is requesting $34,262 to support business expansion efforts and partner with a producer for the marketing of a newly developed hard spring wheat variety. Contact Travis Bruner at (701) 626-2070. 
  • Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery (Dickinson) is requesting $91,987 to support a comprehensive marketing campaign designed to increase visitors and revenues; lean evaluation of production practices; and to build a greenhouse to be used to expand the growing season. Contact Deb Kinzel at (701) 483-2242. 
  • Intelligent Malt, LLC (Fargo) is requesting $153,000 to produce a prototype barley malting unit that will be paired with a novel cloud based marketplace to directly connect producers to consumers. The purpose of this project is to meet the growing demand for craft malted barley in the craft beverage sector. Contact Katrina Christiansen at (515) 451-0859. 
  • Section 3 Hops (Casselton) is requesting $14,279 to begin its initial planting and preparation phase for one acre of hops located in the Wheatland North Dakota area. Section 3 Hops hopes to grow local product which can be utilized in the local craft beers within the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as regionally, with plans to partner with breweries in neighboring states, such as South Dakota and Minnesota. Contact Amy Meier at (701) 793-6299. 
  • NDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics (Fargo) is requesting $25,473 to evaluate harvesting and application of cattails, a perennial herbaceous plant found in North Dakota, and to demonstrate their potential industrial applications as potential cellulosic raw material. Contact Amy Scott at (701) 231-8045. 
  • The 2016 Agricultural Bio-Sciences International Conference (Fargo) is requesting $26,250 for marketing and educational efforts for the 2016 Conference to be held in Fargo, ND, September 18-21, 2016. The conference is a premier global meeting promoting innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed and fiber security. Contact Roger Reierson at (701) 237-4850. 
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. 

For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.                                               
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