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Millions spent to modernize NE Nebraska co-ops

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NELIGH, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -

Throughout the years, the Farmers Pride Cooperative officials say they have been committed to improving their 11 locations to help local northeast Nebraska farmers feed our nation.

They say it's a way to help the agriculture industries every changing landscape.

"Farmers are able to harvest a lot faster, certainly a lot more semi's than their use to be in the past. Just trying to keep up with the speed and progression of the farmers,” said Dean Thernes, the General Manager of Farmers Pride Cooperative.

After making recent facility improvements in Battle Creek and Bloomfield, the company's Board of Directors this January approved another huge investment.

$22 million in upgrades to the coop's locations in Neligh, Osmond and Newman Grove.

In Neligh, the facilities improvements were established thanks to feedback they received from the people who use their facilities the most.

"They wanted us to speed up the process. We need a bigger scale. We needed a pit, a full pit to hold a semi's full load of grain. They wanted a double scale to get the grain moving faster through here,” said Anna Crabtree, the manager of the Neligh coop.

Among the upgrades to the Neligh location include building two 630,000 bushel capacity bins for dry grain, a 150,000 bushel wet bin, and a 4,700 bushel an hour dryer.

Farmers Pride Management says these facility additions will address the speed issues their clients have raised.

“Right now our fastest leg is 10,000 bushel an hour. This leg here will be 20,000 bushel an hour, so we will double our speed. And also the pits are four to 500 bushel pits so this is a full semi pit,” added Crabtree.

Adding two silos to their Osmond location and a new grain bin in Newman Grove will result in Farmers Pride Cooperative being able to hold an additional 2.4 million bushels of corn and soybeans along with being able to store those in less than half the time.

A $22million investment in northeast Nebraska agriculture might seem like a risk seeing the recent harvest numbers nationwide. However the company is convinced this is the time to make these additions.

“We have a lot of irrigation in this area, a lot of center pivots. Our crop is more guaranteed then in a lot of areas. We have a lot more bushels that will be consistently come from this area,” added Crabtree.

All of the additions are expected to be completed by the start of this harvest season.

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