AGP idles corn processing plant in Hasting, Neb.

By Ag Processing Inc. | February 04, 2013

Ag Processing Inc., a cooperative, has announced that it has shut down operations of its corn processing plant at Hastings, Neb., effective Feb. 1, 2013. Company officials cite ongoing challenging economic conditions in the ethanol industry for the decision of an extended shutdown of the plant. AGP will continue to evaluate market conditions. The cooperative also operates a soybean processing plant, a vegetable oil refinery and an AminoPlus production facility at its industrial complex in Hastings. Those operations will not be impacted by the announcement. AGP’s human resources department is working with the 43 employees affected by the corn processing plant shutdown.

“The decision to shut down our corn processing plant in Hastings was very difficult due to the employees affected and the loss of an important market outlet for area farmers,” said Keith Spackler, AGP CEO and general manager. “Our facility, like other corn processing plants in the Midwest, continues to experience negative margins due to higher corn prices driven by ongoing drought conditions, and lower ethanol prices.”

“Despite industry challenges, AGP still believes renewable fuels—corn ethanol and soy biodiesel—are vital to corn and soybean producers, rural economic development and to the nation as a clean, homegrown source of energy,” said Cal Meyer, AGP group vice president. AGP is among the nation’s largest producers of soy biodiesel, operating three plants in the Midwest with a combined capacity of 120 million gallons annually.

AGP, the largest farmer‐owned soybean processor in the world, is owned by 179 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmers from 15 states throughout the United States. Corporate headquarters are located in Omaha, Neb.