Hoeven: New Soybean Crushing Plant a Four-for-One Project, Expands North Dakota's Leadership in Agriculture & Energy

Senator Worked with JSDC & ADM to Redevelop Former Malting Facility, Advanced Partnership with Marathon

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Senator John Hoeven marked North Dakota’s growing leadership in agriculture and energy and highlighted how ADM’s new soybean crushing plant near the Spiritwood Energy Park is a four-for-one project that will help expand the nexus between these two industries in the state. Today’s milestone follows the senator’s efforts with the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation (JSDC) and ADM for more than two years to redevelop the site of the former barley malting facility at Spiritwood.

Hoeven started working to get a new company to redevelop the site when Cargill announced it was going to close the facility in 2018. He met with ADM early on in the process to make the case for locating a crush plant in the state, highlighting North Dakota’s track record as a leader in both agriculture and energy, along with the opportunity to grow the state’s value-added agriculture industry. Hoeven also worked to advance the partnership between ADM and Marathon Petroleum, providing greater value to the region’s farmers. Hoeven helped ADM and Marathon announce the joint venture last year, under which the $350 million plant will supply North Dakota-processed soybean oil to Marathon’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson.

“We worked to secure this new soybean crushing facility, as it will be a tremendous addition to North Dakota’s dynamic agriculture and energy industries and will serve as four-for-one project that further ties these essential sectors together,” said Hoeven. “The partnership between ADM and Marathon not only strengthens the local ag economy for our farmers, but it is the kind of investment we need to continue growing our state as a global leader in energy production. That’s a benefit to our entire state’s economy.”

In addition to the Marathon partnership, Hoeven has been working to leverage the ADM facility to build on North Dakota’s leadership in agriculture and energy. This means realizing opportunities to: 

  • Directly benefit farmers and the local economy.
  • Make good use of waste steam from GRE’s Spiritwood station.
  • Tie into carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects and sequester CO2 off the Dakota Spirit ethanol plant at the ag-energy park.