Hoeven Announces Nearly $125K USDA Grants to Support Development of New Agricultural Products

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committees, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded three grants totaling $124,182 to businesses in North Dakota to support the development of new agricultural products and markets for existing products. The funds are made available through USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant program. The details of the awards are as follows:

  • ND Golden Growers Cooperative – A $75,000 planning grant to conduct a feasibility study of products derived from corn grain, including food-grade gluten-free flour and higher value animal feed products.
  • Aspen Aquaponics – A $25,182 grant to support the sale of retail and wholesale packaged fresh vegetables and herbs.
  • Meadowlark Granary – A $24,000 grant to expand baking and milling capacity as well as marketing of local food products made from hard red spring wheat.

“Agriculture continues to be the cornerstone of North Dakota’s economy,” Hoeven said. “These awards will help local businesses find new uses and markets for our crops, which will help grow and diversify our economy. That means greater opportunities for our farmers, ranchers and all of our state’s residents.”