$10 million initiative to help advance farming technology at Grand Farm

Grand Farm executives say they expect the move to attract thousands of people to North Dakota

FARGO, ND (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Commerce is selecting the Fargo Grand Farm Education and Research Initiative to receive a $ 10 million grant to develop agricultural technology.

“I am pleased to announce today that based on the legislative actions of the 67th Legislature, a law was signed authorizing a North Dakota Department of Commerce grant. I am here to announce on their behalf that they have allocated a $ 10 million grant to Grand Farm to promote the autonomous ag. I just think we need to take a moment to thank all of us and go, how unusual that we can do it here, it doesn’t happen everywhere, and it creates just an incredible opportunity, ”North said. Dakota Gov. Doug Burg said.

“We are going to build a broader vision, define the permanent location of the Grand Farm and build around it a large campus and innovation center. Bring people from all over the world to the region and talk about aggregation technologies, ”said Grand Farm CEO Brian Carroll.

Grand Farm leaders say they expect the move to attract thousands of people to North Dakota and further strengthen the state as a national leader and possibly one of the world leaders in agriculture.

Governor Burg says about 90 percent of North Dakota is on a farm or ranch, this applies to the entire state.

“Today, our farmers earn a lot of dollars, it’s big business, but we all know that running a business after all is the only thing that matters – it’s the result. What’s left in the end, depending on how many dollars you get, and technology, is how we can make agriculture more profitable, ”said Republican Sen. Ron Sorvaag of Fargo.

“In fact, the problem for family farms is help nowadays, because everything you do on a family farm requires a high level of skills and technology. If you don’t have the ability to hire someone, you will need different ways to solve this problem for your farm. It could be seed development, it could be moisture measurement, it could be determining what level of fertilizer you might need, it’s all part of that, ”Watney said.

Grand Farm plans to be aggressive in choosing a location for the new campus and raising more money to build it.

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