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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Eight projects are getting a total of nearly $285,000 in funding this quarter from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission.  The group funds developers of North Dakota farm products. It's a program of the state Commerce Department.    
     The largest grant this quarter is going to North Dakota State University's Department of Veterinary and Microbiology Sciences, which is getting about $76,000 to defray costs of a program aimed at preventing illness from the transmission of bacteria to food processing equipment.

    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has extended the deadline for hospitality-related businesses to apply for grants to promote the use of North Dakota specialty crops or Pride of Dakota products in their menus.

    "These grants are intended to increase use of specialty crops and Pride of Dakota products," Goehring said. "They are also meant to increase awareness on the part of hospitality businesses and their customers of the value and availability of these products."

    Businesses may qualify for up to $1,000 to help fund marketing efforts and create promotional materials to raise awareness of specialty crops and/or Pride of Dakota products they use.

    A list of specialty crops is available at A list of Pride of Dakota member companies is available at

    Eligibility guidelines include:

    A business must use locally-sourced specialty crops or Pride of Dakota products in one or more of their menu items.

    Promotional and advertising materials must specifically mention which specialty crops or Pride of Dakota products are used.

    Advertisements cannot include other menu items that are not specialty crops or Pride of Dakota products.

    Grants may be used for marketing materials such menus, table tents, signage, print and broadcast advertising.

    Application forms are available at Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. CT, Friday, Aug. 8.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide specifics on its backlog of grain shipments.  The U.S. Surface Transportation Board told Canadian Pacific and BNSF Railway in June to submit plans to address backlogs in northern Plains states and begin filing weekly updates.  But the state's congressional delegation says Canadian Pacific's weekly report does not include a specific number of past-due rail cars or average lateness.
     Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg says the railroad is working to provide a detailed plan to the North Dakota lawmakers.
     BNSF Railway reported 3,908 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 26 days late. That's down about 14 percent from the previous week.  BNSF says North Dakota had the most past-due rail cars followed by Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol says a dozen piglets died when they fell from a moving semitrailer on Interstate 29 in eastern North Dakota.  Patrol Lt. Dave Wolf says the semi was hauling the piglets from Winnipeg to a farm in Iowa to be raised. He says the piglets somehow lifted an unlocked gate on the undercarriage of the livestock trailer about midday Wednesday.
     Twelve of the animals fell to their deaths on the highway over a span of 23 miles between Grand Forks and Fargo.  Wolf says the falling piglets did not damage any other vehicles.  The semi driver was given a $20 traffic citation for a "loose load."



   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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