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Five N.D. Ag Ventures Receive APUC Funds

Soybean crushing, organic grains and field pea among projects.

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission approved $169,895 in funding to five agricultural projects at its quarterly meeting in Williston recently.

Dakota Prairie Organic Flour Co., Harvey, received $51,000 to market its gluten free flour products, organic and conventional, to the wholesale and manufacturing industry.

West Dakota Feed & Seed, Ross, received $37,500 to market field peas that are processed through wet fractionation that will create a pea protein concentrate that is 50 percent protein and a pea starch concentrate that is 99% starch. This project will open new markets for North Dakota producers.

Ag Plus Cooperative, Kindred, received $51,000 for developmental research costs such as accounting, business plan and legal work for a 42-million-bushel soybean crushing facility in southeast North Dakota.

Brookins Hybrid Drive System, West Fargo, received $26,000 for Phase 2 of a hybrid air/hydraulic drive system which includes a planetary, a piston-driven torque converter that allows the recapture of up to 80 percent of the vehicle's wasted energy by using compression braking to make the vehicle move, and an on-board air-compressor that charges an air accumulator which in turn either assists the engine or powers the vehicle by itself when the engine is turned off.

Commercial Lynks, Inc. received $4,395 to build a business plan that will substantiate the acquisition of the facility in Stampede, N.D., for processing and cleaning peas and lentils.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grants 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 cooperative marketing utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agri-tourism, technology, agricultural prototype and technical assistance.

APUC will hold its next meeting in February, in Bismarck. Applications must be received Jan. 1, 2009.

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