Value Added Agriculture The North Dakota Department of Commerce was created following the passing of a bill during the 2001 North Dakota Legislative Session. This legislation created a Foundation which is composed of a minimum of fifteen and a maximum of thirty private business people appointed by the Governor for two-year terms. Senate Bill No. 2032 outlines five distinct purposes of the Foundation. Among these is the creation of a strategic plan for the development of value-added agriculture in North Dakota.
Definition of Value Added Agriculture
The Department of Commerce Value Added Agriculture Strategic Plan defines value added agriculture as changes made to primary agriculture products (crops and livestock) that increase the product's value, thereby creating new economic activity and jobs in one of three ways:
Process activities that create value for the product and/or introduce the product to new markets
Diversification and/or modification of primary agriculture products, or
Pre-production modifications that increase yields, quality and uses
For the purpose of this strategic plan, value-added agriculture is not:
On farm production of crops and livestock
Biotechnology and research and development activities focused on increasing primary agricultural production
Human capital investments
Our initial focus is developing local markets for bio-fuels and its co-products.
New and Emerging crops
Consultants of past projects
The following pages will assist in guiding you to potential partners in your value added venture. Marketplace Of Ideas