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ADM plant is a 'great milestone for the North Dakota soybean industry'

ADM has announced its plans to build a soybean crushing plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota.

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The announcement of the soybean plant is a big win for North Dakota soybean producers (Erin Ehnle Brown / Grand Vale Creative LLC)

Plans for a new soybean crush plant to be built at Spiritwood, N.D., will provide a new marketing tool for soybean farmers, allowing them another channel to move soybeans as value-added products such as soybean meal and soybean oil, an industry official says.

“It’s a really great milestone for the North Dakota soybean industry,” said Stephanie Sinner, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Council.

Archer Daniels Midland announced plans to build a soybean crush plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park on Monday, May 10. North Dakota is one of the top 10 soybean producing states in the country and is No. 4 in the U.S. for planted acres of soybeans.

“This is really exciting news for North Dakota soybean farmers. We have long awaited a crush plant for our state, and we are definitely at a point in soybean production in this state that we’re ready to meet the demand for a crush facility,” Sinner said.

While no start date was given for the project, a release from ADM said the plan is for the plant to be completed by harvest 2023.

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Public officials lauded the announcement, including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who said "it will provide a significant new market for North Dakota soybean growers while creating good jobs and economic growth." Gov. Doug Burgum called the plant a "game changer for North Dakota farmers" that will expand markets and support production of renewable diesel.

With the steady growth of soybean production in the state, Sinner believes the plant will greatly help not only North Dakota’s producers, but the state’s overall ag industry as well, opening up new avenues for the industry.

“We’re really excited for the opportunity this brings for adding a local feed source for livestock and poultry production in the state,” Sinner said. “We’ve seen tremendous increase in soybean production over the last 10 to 15 years here in North Dakota. We’ve long awaited an announcement of a crush plant. So just really grateful that ADM sees the advantage of sourcing here in North Dakota.”

Emily grew up on a small grains and goat farm in southern Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota to pursue a career in ag journalism with Agweek. She enjoys reporting on livestock and local agricultural businesses.
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