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Slideshow: Get a glimpse of MFA's new Hamilton Rail Facility.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

July 27, 2017

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Farmers and industry representatives got their first look at the new MFA Hamilton Rail Facility during an open house in June. This is the first rail facility for the company and is its largest single investment in the region.

The new shuttle-loader operation can house a 110-car train. According to company officials, railroads prefer to load grain via the shuttle method for ease of movement from origin to destination. The rail facility has direct access to the Union Pacific Railroad.

With state-of-the-art technology, the facility can move 60,000 bushels of grain per hour. Click on the photo gallery to peek above- and belowground at this new grain handling facility.



About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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