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APUC Awards Funding Totaling $172,273
Post Date: Jul 28 2017

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for five projects totaling $172,273 at its quarterly meeting July 25-26 in Medora.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce 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 were approved:
  • Dakota EcoBeef (Baldwin) was awarded $23,888 to determine the financial feasibility of a 1,000-head livestock production company. The planned facilities would be designed to house beef cows and their offspring in a unique production system, a 3-hoop barn (bedded) structure. Contact Jacob Carlson at (701) 989-9940.
  • NDSU Dept. of Microbiological Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $70,360 to continue research to apply a proprietary method for the development of rapid responses vaccines to swine influenza viruses. Contact Sheela Ramamoorthy at (701) 231-8504.
  • Elinor Specialty Coatings (Fargo) was awarded $24,675 to evaluate commercially available soy-based resins to be tested as raw materials for use in formulations of corrosion protection coatings. Contact Dante Battocchi at (701) 318-1051.
  • Pulse USA (Bismarck) was awarded $28,350 to develop and market varieties of field peas and cow peas for organic growers. Pulse USA works with the organic grower community, organic regulatory certifiers and organic seed dealers to brand and establish new varieties into the market. Contact Tanya Jo Smith at (701) 530-0734.
  • NDSU Dept. of Coatings and Polymeric Materials (Fargo) was awarded $25,000 to determine the feasibility of using emulsion polymerization of monomers developed from oil-seed crops produced in North Dakota for synthesis of vegetable oil-based latexes. Contact Andriy Voronov at (701) 231-9563.
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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