We are pleased to let you know that after extensive financial and structural review of several sites in the Lyman County rail corridor our cooperative will move forward with dirt work and construction this fall with the goal of having the agronomy facility ready for business during the winter of 2015/2016 and the grain handling facility completed by fall row crop harvest of 2016.

Wheat Growers will build a first-class grain handling and agronomy facility in Lyman County, starting yet this fall. Wheat Growers’ Board of Directors has chosen a site in Lyman County, South Dakota, for a shuttle loader grain handling facility, fertilizer and agronomy center. The site will be developed in Kennebec, SD, and will be located along the soon to be rehabilitated line that is part of the state of South Dakota’s expansion of heavy-rail service from Chamberlain to Presho.

Wheat Growers had previously pledged to build a shuttle loader grain handling facility and agronomy center in Lyman County if the state of South Dakota rehabilitated the Chamberlain to Presho route. The South Dakota Department of Transportation recently announced that the state had been awarded a $12.68 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The grant money, along with $7 million approved by the South Dakota Legislature for the project, an additional $7 million committed by the state Railroad Board has committed and over $1 million in private funds raised by Rails to the Future will be used to rehabilitate approximately 40 miles of rail line between Chamberlain and Presho.

This is great news for the state and for growers and agribusiness in central South Dakota and as promised, our farmer-owned cooperative will now move forward with our plans to build a first-class elevator and agronomy facility. We look forward to providing superior customer service to our existing and future patrons.

We want to thank Governor Daugaard, the state legislature, our Congressional delegation and the Rails to the Future group for their tremendous support of this project and the commitment of state and private funding in addition to the TIGER grant funds. Now we’ll put our pledge into action.

If you need more information, please call:

Bill Pool


Steve Briggs