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APUC Newsletter February 2017

2016 4th Quarter Commission Meeting - Nov 17, Bottineau
$523,339 — 5 projects funded

2015-17 Biennium Funds Committed
$2,487,676 — 38 projects funded

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Manoj Shah was awarded the J. Mac Geopfert Developing Scientists Award for best poster at the recent International Association of Food Protection Annual Meeting in St. manoj.jpgLouis, Missouri. The title of his poster was Inactivation of Pathogens on Peppercorns and Sunflower Kernels using a Pilot Scale Vacuum Steam Pasteurization System.

Manoj is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Pathogenesis program. He is mentored by Dr. Teresa Bergholz. His research is supported by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Agricultural Products Utilization Commission.

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents a broad range of members with a singular focus — protecting the global food supply. Its mission is to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply.

Optimizing Pasteurization Conditions of Flaxseed

Dr. Clifford Hall II, Associate Professor with NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, completed a flaxseed398067_960_720.jpg$54,183 basic and applied research grant to determine how vacuum steam pasteurization, a processing technology that increases the safety of low moisture foods, impacted the quality of flaxseed.

In collaboration with Napasol North America and Heartland Flax, multiple processing conditions were evaluated with the intent to identity the optimal condition for the pasteurization process.

The optimized process was identified, as these processing conditions provided significant microbial reduction without reducing the quality and shelf life of the flaxseed.

ND Rankings

#8 Best State for Business - Forbes
#1 State for Best Economic Prospects for 2017 -
Best Run State (for Fifth Consecutive Year) - 24/7 Wall Street
#3 Most Charitable State -
Best Place to Raise a Family -

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GIANT Snacks, Inc., successfully completed a $152,000 marketing and utilization grant in May. 

Funds supported their effort to expand distribution to a larger geographical region by investing more marketing dollars through trade shows and marketing materials. They were able to add 2 large truck stop chains, adding nearly 1000 total new accounts opening over 8 new distribution warehouses. Funds have also allowed GIANTS to build alliances with professional sports teams.



Todd’s Honey Farm – Farm Diversification Grant


Todd’s Honey Farm, LLC, has successfully completed a farm diversification grant for $26,000.  The grant funds were used to build a new beekeeping processing space in order to diversity the processing of the honey.

The building serves as a base for the business as well as a processing space and controlled climate storage space for the product. By increasing processing space, Todd’s Honey Farm is able to produce a more diversified honey product. Beginning in late 2016, products included spin honey, honey sticks, bees wax and packaged raw honey in a variety of sizes.

A future goal will be to hire more personnel and operate more hives.

Harvest Profit, Inc. – Prototype/Technology Grant

code.jpgHarvest Profit has successfully completed a $13,125 technology grant.  Funds were used to complete a beta version of the farm finance and risk management software which led to a limited public release and 8 paying customers. Funds were also used to market the software and build a leads list. They were able to generate over 700 new leads and 20,000 visitors to their website from Facebook marketing campaigns.


savethedate.png1st Quarter Meeting — February 21, Bismarck

2017 Commission Meetings

Feb 21 — Bismarck
May 17-18 — Grand Forks
Jul 26 — Medora
Nov 15-16 — Stanley



Pride of Dakota Day at the Capitol

March 15, 2017



Fiscal Agent Certification Training

23 participants completed the December 16, 2016 training held at the ND Department of Commerce in Bismarck.

Successful completion of the training certifies a thorough understanding of the APUC program and the relationship of all parties involved to include the commission, APUC staff, grantee, fiscal agent and project advisor.

Fiscal agents serve as an integral part of the grant program as they work closely with APUC staff and grantees to administer grant funds. 

APUC will schedule a Spring 2017 training to accommodate new grantees, fiscal agents and future grant applicants.

For more information visit


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