A new livestock auction, a new regional processing plant and new small market crops are among some of the new ag projects percolating in North Dakota.
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $381,065 at its quarterly meeting next week.
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.
APUC will review following requests:
Velva Development Corporation, Velva, is requesting $61,000 to defray the costs of a project that will examine a potential location of a livestock auction facility. Livestock producers from the region have organized an effort to determine the feasibility of building a new facility in the Minot area. A third party consultant will be hired to analyze the opportunity and make recommendations relating to business location, size and scale. Contact Randy Hauck at 701-338-2855 for additional information.
Black Leg Ranch / Rolling Plains Adventures, McKenzie, is requesting $21,000 to assist in the costs associated with integrating a cover crop/food plot area. The project will increase awareness/education of soil health while also maintaining an enhanced environment for wildlife. The plan includes purchasing meeting room tables and chairs for corporate events, farm tours and team building activities. Contact Jay Doan at 701-673-3441 for additional information.
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Fargo, is requesting $34,265 to defray the costs associated with conducting a study for the production of raspberries and blackberries in the northern Great Plains, which is currently limited due to lack of cultivators available for use in harsh winters. Contact Wenhao Dai at 701-231-8473 for additional information.
NDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Fargo, is requesting $33,800 to assist in research that will explore how the maternal nutrition during pregnancy can impact the growth and development of calves after birth. This study will evaluate placental tissues from cows fed varying amounts of feed throughout gestation and determine how their intake impacts the growth and nutrient carrying capacity of their placenta. Contact Kimberly Vonnahme at 701-231-5883 for additional information.
Great Plains Processing, LLC, Fargo, is requesting $80,000 to assist Northern Plains Grain & Milling's efforts to give North Dakota farmers additional value-added options in their crop rotations. They plan to introduce producers to, and assist in, the marketing of specialty crops in areas of the state where these options are currently not available locally. Contact Kevin Kvamme at 701-629-0591 for additional information.
Cloverdale Foods Company, Mandan, is requesting $100,000 to defray the costs associated to develop, initiate and maintain the Big Flavor Tour which includes promotional equipment, Cloverdale Brand Ambassadors and Cloverdale product. Additional digital media efforts such as social media, web and video interaction will be part of the tour. Contact Lacey Lange at 701-663-9511 for additional information.
Red River Regional Council, Grafton, is requesting $51,000 to defray the costs associated with a study of a custom multi-species slaughter processing plant in the Walsh/Pembina County area. Product will also be provided wholesale and retail. Contact Julius Wangler at 701-352-3550 for additional information.