Members sought for grape and wine advisory board

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking members for the state's new Grape and Wine Advisory Committee.

“The 2013 Legislature created the committee and provided $80,000 for industry research and promotion,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The committee will be consulted on the distribution of that money through grants.”

Goehring will appoint the six-member committee, that must include two grape producers, two North Dakota winery owners, a representative of the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association and a producer of fruit, other than grapes, used in wine making.

He said persons who would like to serve on the committee or who want more information should contact Kari Doan at NDDA at (701) 328-4766 or kherrick@nd.gov. The deadline for applications is July 3.