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APUC Awards Funding Totaling $270,709
Post Date: Mar 26 2019

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $270,709 at its quarterly meeting March 21 in Bismarck.

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, as part of its broad strategy for economic development to diversify the state’s economy. 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 received approval:

Houweling's Tomatoes (Underwood) was awarded $136,000 to conduct marketing and feasibility research. The funds will allow Houweling's Dakota to deploy a sales and marketing team to research local markets, demands and potential customers. Contact Casey Houweling at (604) 613-0072.

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (Carrington) was awarded $48,332 to fund lab analyses fees, a weigh system, repairs for refurbishing and repairing equipment, research supplies and travel to and from the trial area. Contact Mike Ostlie at (701) 652-2951. 

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $44,902 to research new health-targeted functional ingredients from North Dakota chickpeas and other legumes and provide a clear path for potential commercialization efforts for such high-value agricultural products. Contact Kalidas Shetty at (701) 231-5058.

WCCO Belting Inc. (Wahpeton) was awarded $41,475 to research a new type of rubber product used primarily on equipment that harvests potatoes, sugar beets, onions and other root vegetables. If the prototype is successful, it will be promoted to both domestic and international equipment manufacturers. Contact Jean Voorhees at (701) 642-8787.

APUC will hold its next grant application hearing on May 16 in Bismarck. Applications for the May meeting must be received by April 1. Prototype and technical assistance applications must be received by June 1 will be reviewed at the July 22 meeting.

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.
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