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APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $1,171,310
Post Date: Apr 25 2016

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for fifteen projects totaling $1,171,310 at its quarterly meeting May 18-19th in Harvey.

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:

Lana Maychrzak (Sentinel Butte) is requesting $89,000 to expand the Van Daele Guest Ranch by updating guest lodges, the shower house and renovation of existing common area structure. Contact Lana Maychrzak at (701) 872-2060.

Dakota Carriage Company (Davenport) is requesting $26,250 to expand their services by adding a new facility to expand agricultural education and additional space for food options. Contact Sari Kraft at (701) 347-4069.

Travis Schweitzer (Moffit) is requesting $26,250 to build an on-farm, state inspected slaughter and processing plant capable of processing roughly 12 head per week with a focus on beef, bison, pork and lamb. Contact Travis Schweitzer at (701) 220-1508.

John Schneider (Fargo) is requesting $43,575 to support 3DomFuel’s development of a new line of natural long fiber (i.e. flax and hemp) FDM filament. The proposed natural long fiber filament will fit a defined customer need by providing increased mechanical properties while maintaining the focus on sustainable materials. Contact John Schneider at (320) 287-0840.

Northern Ag Development Corporation (Fargo) is requesting $23,907 to determine the feasibility of a North Dakota-based, producer-owned, finished cattle supply cooperative. The project will include a Northern Plains finished cattle market analysis and business plan. Contact Kevin Skunes at (701) 663-3886.

Harvest Profit (Fargo) is requesting $13,125 for additional software development and market assessment in support of a suite of software tools which will allow farmers to track field-by-field profitability, expenses, plans and analysis. Contact Nick Horob at (701) 361-7070.

Black Bison Organics (Mandan) is requesting $55,816 to investigate the processing and market potential of non-utilized and underutilized materials from agricultural, mining and forestry activities in the state. Contact Derek Lowstuter at (303) 565-0350.

New Energy Investors (Amherst, MA) is requesting $225,000 to develop and construct a commercial scale biomass refinery at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Stutsman County, converting local biomass residues as corn stover, wheat straw and energy crops into cellulosic ethanol, lignin pellets, biogas and bio-chemicals. Contact Stephan Rogers at (413) 531-6884.

Richland IFC (Dwight) is requesting $78,000 to work with the Northern Crops Institute to research how corn flours and grits are made and applied to final food products. Their goal is to gain a better understanding of milling procedures and uses of corn milled ingredients. Contact Dominique Schuler at (701) 403-5230.

Shine Technologies Worldwide (Minot) is requesting $52,704 to develop a non-invasive diagnostic instrument for livestock animals to be used by producers and veterinarians. The instrument will differentiate between bacterial and viral infections and possibly differentiate specific pathogenic species. Contact Dr. Matthew Hanson at (612) 237-6903.

Grand Forks Region EDC (Grand Forks) is requesting $33,432 to complete a market analysis for expanded transload services in the Grand Forks region primarily in the agricultural market. Contact Keith Lund at (701) 746-2722.

Anchor Ingredients (Fargo) is requesting $153,000 to expand the market for organic and conventional commodities of North Dakota grown and processed grains. They plan to participate in trade shows to connect with potential customers and create brand recognition. Contact Seth Novak at (701) 499-1480.

Dick Wagoner (Hannaford) is requesting $47,250 to develop brand identity and promotional material for marketing, product development and advertising of Miller Ultimate Feeds. Contact Dick Wagoner at (701) 769-2154.

Ross Graves (Williston) is requesting $86,000 to support Confluence Food Group in determining the market for high oleic and high linoleic safflower oil in the US food markets and to update the current NDSU Research on safflower genetics. Contact Chris Blackwell at (701) 609-8599.

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (Wahpeton) is requesting $218,000 to support the marketing and utilization of a new soil amendment product created during the processing of sugar beets for crop farmers. Contact Nancy Wulfekuhle at (701) 671-1322.

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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