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Burgum highlights the Innovation Shop's potential to increase productivity at the grand opening of the facility at Grand Farm

CASSELTON, ND – Governor Doug Burgum and Lt. Governor Tammy Miller joined federal, state and local officials today to celebrate the opening of the new Innovation Shop at Grand Farm, emphasizing how the facility will foster innovation in autonomous and precision agriculture technology and help increase farmer productivity.

The Innovation Shop is the first building constructed at the Grand Farm Innovation Campus west of Casselton under the leadership of Emerging Prairie. Burgum, who also attended the groundbreaking for the Innovation Shop in October 2022, pointed to the incredible productivity gains in agriculture and said the research and innovation at Grand Farm's new facility will help growers become even more efficient with fewer inputs and more output. The Innovation Shop also has the potential to spin off new companies, he noted.

“For a century, people in North Dakota have been helping to feed the world, and when we have food security, that's part of national security. So great things are happening,” Burgum said during the grand opening ceremony.

The governor thanked Miller, who served on Grand Farm’s founding committee, as well as state lawmakers and Commerce Commissioner Josh Teigen, who oversaw the awarding of a $10 million grant to Grand Farm, which was built in Burgum’s Accelerate ND Plan and approved by the 67th Legislative Assembly during its special session in November 2021.

Burgum also thanked the private sector partners who provided matching funds, including lead donor Gary Tharaldson, founder of Tharaldson Hospitality Management and Tharaldson Ethanol, as well as other partners such as Microsoft, which invested $1.5 million in October 2019 to support Grand Farm's launch.

Anna Harden

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