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Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions, an offshoot of Summit Agriculture Group, is behind the $4.5 billion Midwest Carbon Express project, with the goal of sending 12 millions tons of CO2 annually to western North Dakota, where it can be stored underground. It would be the largest carbon capture project in the world.
United States Sugar Corp., a Clewiston, Florida, company that markets sugar cooperatively with Red River Valley sugarbeet growers, is seeking to purchase Imperial Sugar Co., including a major refinery in the Savannah, Georgia, area. The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, Nov. 23, announced it is suing to block the purchase that could increase the market share of United Sugars Corp., the Edina, Minn.-based co-op marketing company, from its current 25% market share, to 32% to 34%.
The Honeyford grain elevator, North Dakota's oldest cooperative elevator, is the first south of the U.S.-Canadian border to load an 8,500-foot — 1.6 miles-long — unit train. The train full of corn was bound for Canada.
Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota, plant is again making isobutanol and next year will be converting into a hydrocarbon facility to make sustainable aviation fuel.

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A group of cattle producers has banded together as 6 in 1 Meats to ensure that they can get meat federally-inspected to sell directly to consumers.
Sugarbeet harvest plays a large role in the Red River Valley's agriculture industry. Due to the harvest being non-stop once the campaign begins, many local businesses extend their hours in an effort to rally behind sugarbeet producers.
St. Joseph Equipment in Eyota, Minn. is facing supply chain problems stemming from the pandemic, as well as problems filling mechanical and parts positions.
Gerald Bachmeier, chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy, Richardton, North Dakota, and Philip Coffin, vice president of Midwest AgEnergy LLC, at Underwood, North Dakota, discuss countermoves to a drought for acquiring local corn and getting it from eastern producers. Both companies started their histories by bringing corn in on unit trains and are preparing to do it again. Both are planning to inject and store carbon dioxide byproducts for a market advantage.
Red E LLC, of Fargo, run by Matt and Jesse Faul, is a fast-growing engineering services and manufacturing support company, specializing in rebuilding and upgrading farmers’ existing air seeders. Red E staff will be in booths at the Big Iron farm show at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, North Dakota, Sept. 14-16, 2021. Red E recently made the “Inc. 5000” list for revenue growth from 2018 through 2020.
Walter Grotte, 81, of Finley, North Dakota, has been moving silos for nearly 50 years. In 1981 — 40 years ago — as a way to make his farm cash-flow through the farm credit crisis, he invented and built a 30-ton silo mover for the iconic but pricey blue Harvestore silos. His Mighty Mover debuted to great acclaim at Big Iron in 1984. Just ahead of Big Iron in West Fargo, Grotte, 81, is still using the machine, in a partnership with his grandson, Max Grotte, of Hope, North Dakota.

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It’s been a busy summer for Carlson Ag Aviation of Wendell, Minn., and Wheaton, Minn., but the busy seasons of late July and August are coming up. Owners Boone and Charity Carlson bought the business from his father in 2010 and added the Wheaton location in 2020. Demand for aerial application will depend on crop prices and weather anomalies yet to come.
Agvise Laboratories, which was founded in 1977, has seen its fair share of roadblocks. Yet, despite all its trials and tribulations, it has remained dedicated to Northwood, N.D.

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