Goehring awards state’s first wine and grape research grants

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota's first research grants to support and promote the state's grape and wine industry.

“The 2013 Legislature appropriated $80,000 for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to fund industry research and promotion,” Goehring said. “North Dakota's grape and wine industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and the research funded by these grants will help keep that industry growing.”

Grant recipients included:

  • Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, North Dakota State University, received $66,500.00 for a germplasm evaluation of cold hardy wine grape cultivars.
  • Lindsay and Mike Ostlie, Carrington, received $2,000 for trials of high tunnel fruit production.

Grant criteria included potential of the project for enhancing industry competitiveness; measurable outcomes including specific goals, benchmarks and performance; work plan feasibility, availability of matching funds, stakeholder involvement and geographical considerations.

Grant proposals were evaluated by the North Dakota Grape and Wine Advisory Committee, which forwarded its recommendations to Goehring.

Committee members include Rodney Hogen, Red Trail Vineyard, Buffalo; Ken Duppong, Haymarsh Vineyard, Glen Ullin; Mark Vining, Agassiz Shores Orchard and Vineyard, Wheatland; Rick Ennen, Apple Creek Winery, Menoken, Allan Fuller, Vintners Cellar, Bismarck, and Paul Anderson, Rutland.