Dakota Farmer

North Dakota chosen for new soybean crush plant

Grand Forks facility could strengthen basis for Red River Valley farmers by 20 to 25 cents per bushel of soybeans.

Sarah McNaughton

December 19, 2022

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NEW FACILITY: Epitome Energy has selected Grand Forks, N.D., as the site for its new facility, due to the Red River Valley’s high soybean production and support of agribusiness.YinYang/Getty Images

The Red River Valley in North Dakota is expanding its ag processing facilities, with Epitome Energy announcing Grand Forks as the location for a new soybean crush plant.

“We are grateful to welcome Epitome Energy to North Dakota,” says Josh Teigen, North Dakota Department of Commerce commissioner. “The new soybean crushing plant will be a great asset for local farmers and the state’s agricultural economic system, as it will create new local market opportunities for soybeans.”

Before its official selection, Epitome Energy was also reported to be considering Crookston, Minn., for the new venture.

Strengthen local agriculture

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture says the soybean crushing facility will strengthen farmers’ basis for soybeans by 20 to 25 cents per bushel, as farmers will be able to process soybeans closer to home.

“This project will put more money in the pockets of hardworking farmers in the Red River Valley region by helping them reach more markets to meet the growing demand for soybeans,” says Dennis Egan, Epitome Energy CEO.

A $400 million investment by Epitome Energy will build a full-service soybean crush plant. This plant is expected to process up to 42 million bushels of soybeans per year, creating soybean oil, meal and hulls.

The facility is expected to create 50 to 60 permanent jobs in Grand Forks, and support over 800 more positions in the area.

The project is expected to break ground just north of Grand Forks in the summer and begin operations in the fall of 2025.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture and Epitome Energy contributed to this article.

About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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