The crush plant boom is happening.  

On Sept. 19, the Green Bison Soybean Processing plant in Spiritwood, N.D., received its first truckload of soybeans. 

A joint venture between ADM (75% owner) and Marathon Petroleum (25% owner), Green Bison is North Dakota’s first fully dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery that will have the processing capacity of 150,000 bushels of soybeans per day. The facility will create 600 million pounds of refined soybean oil per year, fueling the production of renewable diesel and 1.28 million tons of soybean meal, supporting animal agriculture production. 

Read more about Green Bison Soybean Processing here. 

In South Dakota, High Plains Processing broke ground on a new multi-seed processing plant near Mitchell. A $500 million soybean processing facility, the plant is a joint venture between High Plains and BP Products North America. The project is anticipated to be completed by 2025 and will have the capacity to process 35 million bushels of soybeans each year, with the ability to process oilseed plants too. 

Read more about High Plains Processing here. 

To top off an exciting September, the Ag Innovation Campus (AIC) in Crookston, Minn. held their Phase One Grand Opening on Sept. 14.  

The AIC is a not-for-profit facility that will produce an estimated 240 tons of soybean meal daily, equaling a grand total of 62,400 tons of soybean meal per year. With three independently operated mechanic crush systems, the AIC will be able to crush organic, non-GMO and GMO soybeans. 

Phase one – the crush plant – is the first of the three-phase project. Phase two will feature an office complex and research labs. Phase three consists of rentable discovery bays that will be available for short to midterm use. Companies can then use the space to prove their designs at full production scale. The “Crushwalk” will also allow visitors to view the processing facility in a safe and bio secure manner. 

Learn more about the Ag Innovation Campus here.