FORT DODGE, IOWA, US — NEW Cooperative on June 2 officially opened the Port of Blencoe, located on the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa, US, and Sioux City, Iowa, US.

The port, which can accommodate 240,000 tonnes of soybean, corn, dried distillers grains and dry fertilizers annually, is the farthest stop north on the Missouri River.

Ground was broken for the project in September 2020, and barges began transporting grain and fertilizer to and from the port in early 2021.

Among those attending the official opening of the port were Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

According to Sosland Publishing’s 2021 Grain & Milling Annual, NEW Cooperative has a total of 35 grain storage facilities with a total licensed grain storage capacity of 118 million bushels. It also operates six US feed mills.

NEW Cooperative is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy and feed cooperative that was founded in 1973.