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APUC awards funds for projects

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for ten projects totaling $546,483 at its quarterly meeting held May 15 at the Grand Williston Hotel & Conference Center in Williston, N.D.

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 for area projects were awarded:

Fessenden Cooperative Association in Fessenden was awarded $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. For more information, contact Travis Maddock at (701) 547-3291.

Bryan and Karri Stroh of Tappen were awarded $26,250 for 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. For more information, contact Karri Stroh at (701) 327-4299.

The next APUC board hearing will be held July 24 in Medora, N.D. Applications for the July meeting must be received by July 1. Prototype and technical assistance grants must be received by June 1.

APUC is a program within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. For additional information, visit www.NDAPUC .com.