Upper Midwest Fertilizer Plant Being Planned

11:20AM Jul 05, 2012
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Corn growers and fertilizer industry officials are considering building a $1 billion plant in the Upper Midwest to support corn and wheat producers in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCG) says a feasibility study has been completed, they are completing a business plan and will be setting up a structure to allow farmers to invest.

If built, NDCG Executive Director Tom Lilja said the plant could produce enough fertilizer to meet the needs of about 12% of the existing corn and wheat acreage in the tri-state area. He said planners had originally hoped to build a smaller plant, but the feasibility study supports a larger facility.

Lilja says the plant address two problems: It would use the natural gas that is now largely flared off in western North Dakota; and, it secures producers' fertilizer needs instead of relying on foreign imports.

Construction on the plant would take three to four years.