North Dakota Department of Commerce seeks grant proposals

Department says there is $10 million available to advance autonomous farming through innovation.

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BISMARCK, N.D. • The North Dakota Department of Commerce is accepting proposals for the Autonomous Agriculture Matching Grant program.

The intent of the grant is to encourage and support the advancement of autonomous farming by awarding a funding match.

Projects include the deployment of an innovation facility (constructed, purchased or rented), project management for complex North Dakota-based and global autonomous agricultural concepts, and workforce initiatives to upskill the autonomous agriculture workforce with qualified professionals to ensure advanced farming techniques.

“North Dakota’s innovative approach in autonomous agriculture will advance and accelerate cutting edge research and commercialization of new farming concepts,” Commerce Head of Investments and Innovation Shayden Akason said.

“This current grant provides up to $10 million to achieve the advancement of autonomous farming concepts in accordance with the state’s needs to position North Dakota as a global leader in autonomous agriculture.”


Proposals for the grant are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2022 and must include the concept, proposed sources for matching revenue, and a timeline for deployment. All funding must be expended by June 30, 2023.

Click here for project criteria and additional information.

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