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Associated Press, Published November 26 2009

APUC grants 4 funding requests

BISMARCK, N.D. — A group that funds developers of North Dakota farm products is giving money to four projects.

The quarterly grants from the Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, a state Commerce Department program better known as APUC, total nearly $213,000.

The largest grant, $100,000, is going to Otoka Spiritwood LLC for a business plan and feasibility study for a cellulosic biomass refinery in the Spiritwood Industrial Park.

North Dakota State University is getting about $57,000 to do research on buckwheat and mustard seed, the state Commerce Department is getting $30,000 to study an equine processing facility and Maple River Distillery LLC of Casselton is getting $26,000 for marketing.

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