In a feasibility study paid for by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the Department of Agriculture, Crookston scored the highest feasibility score, making it an ideal location for the Soy Innovation Campus. The Crookston location offers several incentives, including:
•60-acre facility with additional 42 acres available
•Location near interstate and highway
•Rail access via Burlington Northern Santa Fe and local Minnesota Northern Railroad onsite
•Sufficient infrastructure between Otter Tail Power, Great Plains Natural Gas Company
and City of Crookston
In addition to critical infrastructure, Crookston is a willing community partner.
Another tremendous asset to the Crookston community is the University of Minnesota. The close proximity of the University of Minnesota to the Soy Innovation Campus makes this location an ideal location to discover new ideas, test research and prepare the next generation of process engineers.
What was once known as wheat country is now definitively soybean country. However, as the growth of soybeans moved north in Minnesota, the facilities to crush those soybeans did not. This has left northern Minnesota in a crushing desert. The 30-million-gallon biodiesel facility and 21-million-bushel soybean-processing facility, along with the specialty crush and oil processing facility, will help improve basis for northern farmers and give them options in marketing their crop.
Today, the 11 counties located within the 200-mile radius of Crookston make up the fastest growing market for soybeans in Minnesota. This 11-county region planted 1,813,000 acres of soybeans in 2017 and harvested 61,294,000 bushels.
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