YORK, NEBRASKA, US — Central Valley Ag (CVA) began construction of a new grain shuttle facility and agronomy plant just north of Courtland, Kansas, US, following a recent groundbreaking ceremony, with an expected completion date of summer 2025.

The Courtland Hub facility will provide a high-speed shuttle loader on a loop track with access to BNSF railroad, and onsite storage of about 5.5 million bushels. The agronomy plant is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025 and house a 3.5-million-gallon liquid fertilizer plant with a chemical and seed warehouse. The liquid fertilizer plant will have the ability to receive tons by rail or truck.

“As the CVA board of directors, we are continuously looking for ways to bring value to our member-owners and our cooperative to serve the farmers of today and tomorrow,” said Luke Carlson, chairman, during the Nov. 10 ceremony. “The addition of the Courtland Hub Facility will do just that. This facility will allow us to access the best markets for grain and enhance our supply chain on liquid fertilizer to meet our member-owners’ needs.”

Based in York, Nebraska, US, CVA is a farmer-owned cooperative with locations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, providing products and services in grain, agronomy, feed and energy. CVA operates 22 licensed grain storage facilities, including eight country elevators, with a storage capacity of 44 million bushels, according to Sosland Publishing Co.’s 2023 Grain & Milling Annual.

State, county and city representatives, CVA and AgMark employees, CVA member-owners, and members of the CVA board of directors were present to commemorate the start of construction on the new facility.

“We are extremely excited to foster this CVA expansion,” said Jenny Russell, director of Republic County Economic Development. “The Courtland Hub will be a major advantage to regional farmers and our ag producers right here in Republic County. Republic County Economic Development wishes to thank CVA for their vote of confidence in our communities, the Republic County Commissioners for their great vision for the county’s future and the city of Courtland for supporting the project.”