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APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $461,110
Post Date: Jun 01 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for nine projects totaling $461,110 at its quarterly meeting May 21st at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.
APUC is a committee 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 agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assistance
The following requests were awarded: 
  • Buffalo Creek Bodyworks (Granville) was awarded $12,105 to develop Buffalo Creek Orchards on two acres of land. The orchard will grow four species of organic apples and three species of organic raspberries. The harvest will be sold at farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants and through the produce distribution food hub in Anamoose. Contact Anna Stassens at (360) 852-6702.
  • Ostlie's Sunny Side Acres (Carrington) was awarded $25,000 to plant a half acre of hops and for the establishment of a small hops processing facility on their existing farm. The facility will enable Sunny Side Acres to pellet, package and market locally grown hops, thereby meeting increasing demands from the growing micro-brewing industry in North Dakota. Contact Lindsay Ostlie at (701) 285-3344.  
  • Bison Compost, LLP (Leeds) was awarded $135,100 to further develop a North Dakota-based bison manure compost business that produces and sells antibiotic and hormone-free product in various sizes. Contact Judy Duenow at (701) 466-2216.
  • Bowdon Meat Processing Cooperative (Bowdon) was awarded $16,380 to support marketing efforts and to pay for a refrigerated trailer. The company intends to work with AdFarm to develop and implement a go-to-market strategy to diversify operations beyond custom slaughter. Contact Robert Martin at (701) 356-1049. 
  • Prairie Roots Food Cooperative (Fargo) was awarded $57,500 to open a full-line retail food cooperative in Fargo. APUC funds will pay for a general manager and a marketing consultant to specialize in local food marketing prior to the store opening and during the first months of operation. Contact Tim Mathern at (701) 476-7825.
  • Midwest Malting (Bismarck) was awarded $72,270 to start a craft malting company in North Dakota, a state where numerous varieties of barley are produced. Contact Donovan Stober at 701-426-2295.
The following projects were awarded full funding with contingencies:
  • Farmtastic Heritage Foods (Rugby) was awarded $53,445 to aggregate and distribute fresh produce from small growers throughout North Dakota. Contact Mirek Petrovic at (701) 542-2537. 
  • NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $30,510 to introduce 20 raspberry cultivars that show certain winter hardiness to North Dakota. Contact Wenhao Dai at (701) 231-8473. 
  • Altavian, Inc. (Grand Forks) was awarded $58,800 to partner with the Unmanned Applications Institute (UAI), in conjunction with the corn, soybean, potato and dry bean growers associations, to conduct research as to the use unmanned aerial systems. Contact Thomas Rambo at (855) 325-8284.
The next APUC board hearing will be held July 21, 2015 in Medora. Applications for the July meeting must be received by July 1, 2015. 
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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