HAMILTON – In their very first season of operation, the MFA Agri Services facility near Hamilton has had a steady flow of traffic.
HAMILTON – In their very first season of operation, the MFA Agri Services facility near Hamilton has had a steady flow of traffic. The facility has received grain trucks from Polo, Lathrop, Trenton, Pattonsburg, Bethany, Stewartsville, Brookfield, Chillicothe and Norborne, servicing farmers from at least a 50-mile radius from the facility. With the facility built on Union Pacific rail line, and according to Diana DeHart, the grain originator for the facility, the grain received so far has all been shipped to Arizona, but the facility will ship to various destinations around the country. So far, all the grain that has been shipped has gone to Arizona; however, corn and beans can be shipped by rail to Mexico, the Gulf and to the Pacific Northwest. To date, the company has shipped out three corn trains and two soybean trains each pulling 110 cars apiece, shipping 435,000 bushels of corn and about 380,000 bushels of soybean. DeHart said that it takes about five minutes to drop a load, from the time a truck arrives to the time that it leaves. She said it takes between 445 to 450 truck loads to fill a corn train. She also said that it takes about 15 hours to load all the cars of a train. Although operations have been relatively smooth, the facility is still not complete. “We still have some construction going on,” said DeHart. “There is still a lot of electrical work going on, a lot of lighting that needs to go up, sensors and temperature cables and monitoring systems that aren’t totally hooked up yet.” It is expected that facility construction will be completed in next spring.