Minnesota Soybean Processors to Build Soybean Processing Plant/Biodiesel Refinery in Spiritwood, ND

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and leaders of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary, North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP), in early February announced MnSP is taking steps toward construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant – the first of its Microsoft Word - Blank Credit Application.dockind in North Dakota – at Spiritwood, N.D.

 

The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day. It would produce soybean meal, refined, bleached and deodorized soybean oil, and biodiesel.

MnSP, a membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, MN, has selected a site on 150 acres near Spiritwood. The coop would move forward with construction following further due diligence, necessary approvals and a successful engineering study.

By selecting the Spiritwood site, MnSP is able to conduct a preliminary front-end engineering and design study, which will be used to determine feasibility of construction. MnSP is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete the construction feasibility study.

“The potential for this type of value-added project is great news for our farmers and the entire state of North Dakota,” Burgum said. “The NDSP plant will create value in the local community and beyond by creating 55 to 60 full-time jobs, supporting local service companies, vendors and suppliers and supporting the soybean price paid to local farmers.”

Gov. Burgum, MnSP Board President Bruce Hill and MnSP General Manager Scott Austin made the announcement during the annual Northern Soybean Expo and Trade Show in Fargo, joined by North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Our preliminary market analysis shows there are markets this facility would serve that would complement our current efforts at the Brewster facility to reach both global and domestic markets for meal and oil,” Austin said.

“We also believe that the biodiesel from this plant would serve both domestic and international markets.”

The NDSP plant would annually produce 900,000 tons of soybean meal, which is usually used as livestock feed for poultry and swine but can also be used for cattle, and 490 million pounds of oil. Half of the oil will be used to produce biodiesel, while the other half will be food-grade soybean oil.

The plant would utilize steam from the nearby Spiritwood Station, a coal-fired power plant operated by Great River Energy. MnSP has been working with the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. and meeting with the appropriate state agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Office of State Tax Commissioner and Bank of North Dakota.

 

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USB: Meeting Animal Needs Drives Meal Demand

Frankfort, Indiana, soybean farmer and USB director Mike Beard admits that for years hisusb_main_logo1-1
focus has been on soybean yield and crop marketing, believing that to be the path to profitability. Lower prices have made him question that simplistic view of crop economics.

“My soybeans ultimately feed animals all over the world,” Beard says. “While they are the best source for protein for many species, it may be possible through processing and/or composition manipulation to better meet the nutritional needs of the animals we nourish. From this standpoint, I need to know what compositional values exist in the soybeans I produce, and I need to recognize the desires of the marketplace to feed the world’s meat animals.”

Demand for soybean oil and meal are the critical factors determining market value for soybeans. Both components are important, but when it comes to providing value to farmers, meal is the engine that drives profitability.

Although the market price per pound for soybean oil is typically higher than the price per pound of meal, the comparison doesn’t mean oil contributes more value per bushel of soybeans. There is about four times more meal than oil in a bushel of soybeans.

“Until oil delivers four times more value per pound than meal, the meal will provide more value per bushel,” says Nick Bajjalie, president of Integrative Nutrition in Decatur, Illinois. “While oil is typically higher on a per pound basis, when you look at their contributions on a per bushel of soybeans basis, meal is usually between 65 to 70 percent of the total product value.”

Bruce Weber, director of soybean product line grain marketing for CHS Inc., says comparatively, soybean oil is more stable long-term than meal. Oil can be easily stored for extended periods and pulled into the product pipeline when the market demands. Meal tends to move through the value chain more quickly.
“The need for both oil and meal makes processing plants run, depending upon what the market wants at the time,” Weber says. “Meal is more important to the price structure and the impacts of supply and demand are much closer.”

Weber says soybeans are highly valued as a meal crop. Oil uses are important to the overall product value, but buyers have more choices in the market if they’re looking for oil. Soybean meal is a different story.

“Soybean meal is still what drives profitability for processing plants and farmers,” Weber adds.

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