The Grand Farm Education and Research Initiative, led by Emerging Prairie, a nonprofit Fargo organization that helps young entrepreneurs, plans to use a $ 10 million grant to build an innovation facility and develop autonomous agricultural technologies at its complex south of Fargo, state. North Dakota.
The company plans to use grant funding for the construction of a new facility, project management and personnel initiatives to improve the skills of autonomous agricultural personnel by qualified professionals to provide advanced agricultural techniques.
“North Dakota has always been a leader in agricultural innovation. This private-state grant, using legally approved federal funds, is an investment that will further accelerate innovation in agriculture and have a transformative impact on the future of North Dakota and our country’s agricultural sector, ”said Governor Doug Burgham. “Our state is an innovative leader in agricultural technology, and the work of Grand Farm and its partners will contribute to the advanced research and commercialization of new agricultural concepts to increase productivity and profitability, reduce costs, improve soil health and help meet workforce needs. through automation ”.
Federal funds for a grant for compliance with autonomous agriculture technologies were included in Burgum’s plan for Accelerate ND in September and approved by the 67th Legislative Assembly during its special session in November. Proposals for the relevant grant were evaluated as part of a multidisciplinary selection and selection process, the governor’s office said.
“It was amazing to see the cooperation around this of leaders at all levels of our government, including MP Michael Howe and Senator Ron Sorvaag and the state legislature, Governor Doug Burgham and his executive team, and Senator John Hoven and the North Dakota delegation,” said Greg Tahwen. CEO of Emerging Prairie and co-founder of Grand Farm. “These investments will have a transformative impact on the future of the state.”
SB 2345 included a $ 10 million allocation to the North Dakota Department of Commerce to invest in appropriate grants for autonomous agricultural technology in the state, company officials explained. In order to maintain the region’s capacity in agriculture and technology, Grand Farm has been actively involved in the process of further establishing North Dakota as AgTech’s leading ecosystem.