Work could begin soon on renovating old barley malt plant into new North Dakota soybean crush plant

Archer Daniels Midland closed recently on the purchase of the former Cargill malt plant. And soon, the plant that has stood empty for nearly three years will become a soybean crush plant — something North Dakota ag and government officials have long sought for the state.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Connie Ova expects demolition could begin anytime on the former Cargill malt plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association.

Archer Daniels Midland closed recently on the purchase of the plant, she said. And soon, the plant that has stood empty for nearly three years will become a soybean crush plant — something North Dakota ag and government officials have long sought for the state.

Ova, the CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. and COO of the Spiritwood Energy Park Association, said value-added agriculture has long been seen as a benefit to the region. The development corporation first got into agriculture projects in the 1990s with a Cavendish Farms potato facility. Later developments included the Cargill plant, which shuttered in the fall of 2018, and the Dakota Spirit Ag Energy ethanol plant.

According to statistics from the North Dakota Soybean Council, North Dakota is the No. 5 state for planted and harvested soybean acres and the No. 9 state for produced bushels of soybeans.

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