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Ag Startups Apply For Grants

Ag Startups Apply For Grants

Sunflower butter, leaf lettuce, energy beets and vineyards are among projects APUC will consider funding.

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will review funding requests for eight projects totaling $376,894.50 at its quarterly meeting set for May 19 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which 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 will be reviewed:

Amberland Foods, Inc, Harvey, is requesting $15,000 to assist in advertising, travel and sample products. Amberland Foods, Inc. would like to develop fliers, handouts and make updates to their website. For more information, contact Tami Feist at 701-324-4804.

Williston Area Development Corporation, Williston, is requesting $30,000 to help showcase and promote the Mon-Dak Ag Open. The Mon-Dak Ag open is an annual three-day event focused on supporting the Mon-Dak region as an ideal place for new agricultural businesses and development. For more information, contact Tom Rolfstad at 701-577-8110

Red Trail Vineyard, Fargo, is requesting $4,042.50 to advance and continue promoting the vineyard through the uses of social media. This project is to help inform new and existing customers of special events, new products and in-house specials throughout the year. For more information, contact Rodney Hogen at 701-238-3337.

Trojan Hoist Company, Dickinson, is requesting $25,000 to assist in the development of a portable crane system that will be well suited for agriculture uses. The project will include presentations to prospective customers, development of mounting adapters, crane test samples and other refinements based on customer feedback. For more information, contact Scott Thompson at 701-205-4177.

Green Vision Group, West Fargo, is requesting $75,852 to initiate and continue dryland and irrigated energy beet yield trials, secure federal EPA biofuel pathway approval and evaluate alternative business development structures and partnerships.  The ultimate goal of this project is to produce an energy beet biofuel. For more information, contact Maynard Helgaas @ 701-532-0336.

C2renew, LLC, Walcott, is requesting $26,000 to launch production of the first customer orders for biocomposites. The funds will also be used to meet with potential customers and develop marketing materials. For more information, contact Corey Kratcha at 701-261-0218.

Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation, Jamestown, is requesting $75,000 to defray the costs of hiring a consultant to conduct a feasibility study of two 10-acre CEA leaf lettuce production facilities in the Jamestown area. For more information, contact Connie Ova at 701-252-6861.

Red River Commodities, Inc, Fargo, is requesting $126,000 for SunButter advertising in three major food magazines, two press releases, two direct customer mail pieces and a SunButter ingredient marketing brochure. Funds will also help defray the costs for attendance in upcoming food expos. For more information, contact Dan Hanson at 701-282-2600.

Source: APUC

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