EMMET COUNTY - StateLine Cooperative's Board of Directors has authorized the construction of a new feed mill at Halfa. StateLine Coop, whose main office is in Burt, with locations in Kossuth, Emmet, Palo Alto and Winnebago counties, will begin construction of the $9 million project late this summer. The first phase will consist of demolition of the existing Halfa facility. Expected completion of the project is set for late summer of 2013.
"We chose the Halfa location in Emmet County to meet the needs of our feed customers now and well into the future. We are very excited about the new feed mill which will also give area corn producers another market for their grain," said Cherilyn Kirchau, StateLine Cooperative's feed department manager.
Prior to construction commencing, the current facilities will be demolished aside from the north and south grain bins. The demolition will occur over a three- to four-week period. StateLine estimates construction will begin no later than Aug. 1.
Demolition begins in Halfa. Putting Halfa “on the map”, StateLine Cooperative to construct $9 million feed mill.
Upon completion, the mill will have the capacity to manufacture up to 400,000 tons of meal feed with the option of pelleting 200,000 tons of feed annually. The facility will be able to receive 20,000 bushels of corn per hour.
The structure will house the manufacturing equipment as well as three scales for incoming grain, feed ingredients, and feed load out. The manufacturing equipment will include corn processing equipment, a micro nutrient scale system, a major ingredient scale system, a mixing system, as well as a pelleting system.
The state-of-the-art feed mill will be able to serve the local livestock industry for years to come with an initial annual demand of 2.7 million bushels of corn and will use 8 million bushels of corn annually when running at full capacity.
"The Corridor was very pleased with the announcement of the new feed mill to be within the Corridor region in Emmet County. The region will greatly benefit thanks to this decision from StateLine," said Kathy Evert, Iowa Lakes Corridor's president and CEO.
StateLine Cooperative is a locally owned agricultural cooperative serving north Iowa and southern Minnesota farmers, specializing in agronomy, feed, and grain. This exciting expenditure verifies StateLine's commitment to local growers and the livestock industry.