U.S. grain-handling facility project on track for summer 2017 opening

by Eric Schroeder
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MFA said the facility would consist of 2 million bushels of permanent storage and 1.5 million bushels of temporary storage along with a loop rail siding to accommodate a 110-railroad car shuttle unit.
 
HAMILTON, MISSOURI, U.S. — A 110-railroad car grain-handling facility that will serve farmers in north central Missouri and southern Iowa in the United States is on track to open in the summer of 2017, according to News-Pressnow.com.

Earlier this spring, MFA Inc., a grain marketing and farm supply cooperative based in Columbia, Missouri, U.S., said it had formed a joint venture with MFA Oil Co., a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative, to build the facility on the Union Pacific Railroad.

At that time, MFA said the facility would consist of 2 million bushels of permanent storage and 1.5 million bushels of temporary storage along with a loop rail siding to accommodate a 110-railroad car shuttle unit.

According to a Dec. 29 article on News-Pressnow.com, construction on the project began June 1 and was slightly delayed by heavy rainfall, but overall has been undeterred by weather, setting the stage for the project to be completed next summer.

“Our goal is to provide products and services” to the co-op’s farmers, Craig Childs, senior vice-president for MFA’s Agri Services Division, told News-Pressnow.com. “It was identified there was a need for a grain-handling facility in the area. ... It’s to serve farmers in Northwest Missouri. I anticipate it will have a 100-mile draw.”

The facility will include three 80-foot diameter grain silos and one 60-foot silo. The 80-foot silos each will have a 560,000-bushel capacity, while the 60-foot silo will be able to hold 316,000 bushels.

Additionally, the facility will be able to receive two separate lanes of grain shipments at a rate of 30,000 bushels per hour. 
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