BOARDMAN, OREGON, U.S. — Morrow County Grain Growers, a farm supply and marketing cooperative, has broken ground on a major expansion of its grain elevator and shipping terminal along the Columbia River in Boardman, Oregon,The East Oregoniannewspaper reported on March 1.

The co-op plans to build a new rail unloading facility at the 35-year-old terminal. The rail would transfer grain onto river barges in route to Portland, Oregon, U.S., for export, according to the report.

Kevin Gray, general manager, Morrow County Grain Growers, told The East Oregonian that the project, which will boost capacity at the elevator by 600,000 bushels, will help relieve rail congestion down the Columbia River Gorge.

The co-op will use a $2.5 million state grant for the project.