Food & Health
2017 NPGA RFP Request
The NPGA has more than $450,000 to distribute for the 2017 crop year. Proposals are due in the NPGA office
no later than January 23, 2017
and can be sent via email or mailed. (To ensure that your proposal is received via email, please include a delivery/read receipt.)
The NPGA research committee will meet to review the proposals and make funding determinations in February in conjunction with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council research review. Each review will be held separately, however it is our hope that this will be a great way to facilitate a more transparency with the organizations, committees and applicants.
Detailed information regarding the dates will be posted at a later time.
As in years past, each individual submitting proposals will be given an opportunity to briefly discuss their proposed project via conference call/WebEx with the NPGA research committee. Recipients of funding will be contacted immediately following the meeting. Please feel free to distribute this to all interested parties.
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Gion Hired As NPGA Marketing Director
The Northern Pulse Growers Association recently hired Brian Gion as Marketing Director. Gion received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science and a Minor in Ag Economics from North Dakota State University. Gion has an extensive work history, some of his work experience includes NDSU Steele County Agent/County Chair; Cooperative Development Specialist for the Montana Cooperative Development Center, CEO of the Montana Council of Cooperatives/Cooperative Development Center, and most recently Farm Credit Services Loan Officer in Beulah, ND. Gion’s twenty-five years of work experience led to receiving the Program of Excellence Award from Farm & Ranch Guide. Gion, and his wife Melanie have two adult children and one grandchild and currently live in Beulah, ND.
"Brian's experience will be a tremendous asset to the entire pulse industry. The U.S pulse industry has been growing at a record pace. His strong background in working directly with producers will be instrumental in the continued growth of the pulse industry," stated Shannon Berndt, Executive Director.
As marketing director, Gion will promote the development of both the domestic and international food and feed markets for the regions pulse industry. In addition, he will foster the development of producer education and outreach. “I am happy to be on board and looking forward to working with the pulse producers and industry representatives,” says Gion. The Northern Pulse Growers Association represents dry pea, lentil, chickpea and fava bean growers in Montana and North Dakota.
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