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Farmers Co-op Elevator Company Breaks Ground for Grain Facility Expansion

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Earlier this month the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company broke ground for an additional 750,000 bushel storage bin at its South Fork location in the Village of Rushford, Minn. Last year Farmers Co-op added a 514,000 bushel storage bin, 4,700 bushel/hour Zimmerman dryer and 85,000 bushel wet holding bin at this site. The new bin is the next stage of the South Fork expansion, which will continue to take pressure off their feed and grain facility on the north side of the Root River in the City of Rushford, Minn.

Grain Division Manager Greg Boldt says, “We’ve added more options to members for grain pricing and also recognize that an important part of continuing to grow in our grain business is increasing capacity and convenience. When the new bin is completed, we will take soybeans at the site to speed up receiving, saving farmers precious time during a busy harvest season.”

Board Chairman Steve Oian adds that “the additional bin fits the Farmers Co-op mission and vision to enhance the profitability of agricultural producers in our trade area by serving them as efficiently as possible.”

Concrete will be poured this week, and the new bin should be completed in early September. When it’s completed, Farmers Co-op will have storage for 2.1 million bushels at South Fork and 4.85 million bushels total capacity. General Manager Todd Rosvold indicated the goal is to have the project fully completed by the start of harvest this fall. Lodermeier’s of Goodhue, a company with many years experience in building large grain facilities, is the general contractor for the project.

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