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Funding requests under review

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will review funding requests for eleven projects totaling $591,200 at its quarterly meeting May 14 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center in Williston, N.D.

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 will be reviewed:

* Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society in LaMoure, N.D., is requesting $44,717 to defray costs associated with the Farm Breeding Club. The group will work with North Dakota State University researchers to screen 108 early maturing sorghum lines with known cold-tolerance traits for adaption and performance in the state. Contact Frank Kutka at (701) 883-4304 for additional information.

* Fessenden Cooperative Association in Fessenden, N.D., is requesting $21,000 for costs associated with an engineering study and business plan to determine the feasibility of converting an existing facility into a high-volume feed pelleting plant that will produce complete supplemental feeds for livestock. Contact Travis Maddock at (701) 547-3291 for additional information.

* Bryan and Karri Stroh in Tappen, N.D., are requesting $26,250 for consideration in a farm diversification enhancement to their existing operation. The enhancement would include the construction of a certified kitchen and wash/pack plant in order to increase vegetable and fruit production and add additional income to the farm operations. Funds will be used for equipment and building materials. Contact Karri Stroh at (701) 327-4299 for additional information