Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota's first research grants to support and promote the state's grape and wine industry. "The 2013 Legislature appropriated $80,000 for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to fund industry research and promotion," Goehring said. "North Dakota's grape and wine industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and the research funded by these grants will help keep that industry growing."
After confusion over what, if any, agency would regulate ice cream products that contain ice cream, sponsor state Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe, agreed to delay a vote on the bill until he could speak to state alcohol regulation officials. It is unclear when the bill might be heard again.
The economic impact of Iowa's wine industry has exploded in recent years, according to a new study. Frank, Rimerman + Co., a California-based consulting firm, reported that the economic impact of Iowa's wine and wine grapes industry was $420 million in 2012, an increase of around 80 percent from $234 million in 2008.