- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - 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 approved $80,000 for the effort. Goehring says the money will boost an already-growing industry.

North Dakota State University researcher Harlene Hatterman-Valenti is getting $66,500 and Carrington growers Lindsay and Mike Ostlie are getting $2,000 for research projects.

The North Dakota Grape and Wine Advisory Committee evaluated grant proposals and forwarded recommendations to Goehring.

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