Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission awards for 11 projects. The APUC is a program of the NDDA that administers grant programs for research and development of new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products.
The requests totaling $427,225 were approved at the APUC quarterly meeting earlier this month in Valley City.
The following requests received approval:
- 4 Family Farms Alliance was awarded funds to assist in developing a meat processing plant in Devils Lake.
- Bueche LLC was awarded funds to develop and implement a marketing plan for artisan herbal products.
- J & J Hazen Meats, Inc. was awarded funds to expand their existing USDA inspected meat processing plant in Hazen.
- Minn Dak Market was awarded funds to implement a marketing plan to promote local products.
- North Dakota State University was awarded funds to research the effects of feeding hempseed cake on ruminal fermentation and site of digestion in cattle.
- The NDSU Department of Plant Sciences was awarded funds to research the valorization of brewers’ spent grain using simultaneous co-fermentation to enhance nutritional value.
- The NDSU Department of Plant Sciences was awarded funds to evaluate small-scale vegetable planting technologies and techniques.
- The University of North Dakota was awarded funds to research the early identification of soybean cyst nematode disease.
- Quandt Farm was awarded funds for the engineering design of a swine finishing facility.
- Minn-Dak Growers Ltd. was awarded funds to research the use of genome-wide association study and transcriptome analysis to reveal the possible candidate gene/s controlling the seed coat color in buckwheat.
APUC will hold its next grant application hearing on Feb. 17-18, 2021, in Bismarck. Applications for the February meeting must be received by Jan. 1, 2021. Prototype and technical assistance applications must be received by March 1 for the May 19-20, 2021, meeting.