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Hoeven: ADM soybean crushing plant a big boost to community

Sen. John Hoeven meets with area leaders about the planned ADM soybean crushing plant and future development projects.

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Jamestown City Councilman David Steele sits in the foreground while Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. talks to local economic leaders about the planned ADM soybean crushing plant project at Spiritwood. Keith Norman / The Sun

Sen. John Hoeven, R- N.D., called the ADM soybean crushing plant planned for Spiritwood a "four-for-one" project combining North Dakota's agriculture and energy industries, during a presentation to Stutsman County leaders Thursday.

The project has a preliminary cost estimate of $350 million and will be constructed at the current location of the now vacant Cargill Malt plant. Officials intend to have the plant completed in time to accept the 2023 soybean crop from farmers in the area, according to information released by Hoeven at the time ADM announced the project.

"After the barley malting facility closed, we made the case to ADM to open this plant in North Dakota," Hoeven said. "Now we're working to realize four ways in which this single project will benefit our state."

The Cargill Malt plant closed in 2018. Hoeven said he and local leaders from the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. had been working with ADM on the potential project for more than two years. The plant's planned capacity could process about 25% of all soybeans grown in North Dakota.

Hoeven said the plant will offer lower-cost transportation for farmers selling their soybeans, provide locally processed soybean oil to Marathon Petroleum's renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, utilize waste steam from Great River Energy's Spiritwood Station and tie into new projects that will capture and store carbon emissions.

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"We want to keep working to add to what ADM does but also to all things at the Spiritwood Energy Park," he said.

Hoeven said the next "code to crack" was carbon capture and sequestration underground. North Dakota and Wyoming are the only two states in the country that have been approved for storing captured carbon underground to reduce pollutants in the air.

"We have the technology," he said. "The challenge is making it commercially viable,"

Carbon capture technology could make Dakota Spirit AgEnergy and Spiritwood Station, the ethanol plant and electric generating plant at Spiritwood, more environmentally friendly and open up new markets for their products, Hoeven said.

Jamestown leaders thanked Hoeven for his efforts and celebrated the soybean crushing plant project.

"This is the kind of development you dream about," said Mark Klose, chairman of the Stutsman County Commission. "It is in the ag industry and will hire people. We don't even know yet what the trickle-down and spinoff effects will be."

Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said the soybean project was just one step in the right direction for Jamestown.

"There are a lot of good things going on in Jamestown," he said. "There is Houweling Tomatoes, anyone that heard him speak has to believe he is working as hard as he can to do that project."

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Houweling's Tomatoes is planning a 30-acre greenhouse project for the Spiritwood area that would use excess steam from Spiritwood Station for heat. Construction could start in the summer of 2022.

Heinrich also said the planned Bison World project, if approved, would be another way to diversify the area economy.

Connie Ova, CEO of the JSDC, thanked Hoeven for his leadership at the national level and for the help of community leaders on all of the projects.

"The work wouldn't be done without the support of the JSDC, city of Jamestown, Stutsman County and the people of the community," she said. We will get it done."

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