Governor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers September 25, 2017 Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Bainbridge, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue and other company and local officials to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.The Lancaster County plant will create 35 family-sustaining local jobs and hundreds more in the state’s supply and distribution chain for agricultural products. The plant also promises to more than double the state’s soybean processing capacity, providing better prices and increased demand for area soybean farmers’ crops.“This plant is a game changer for farmers in Pennsylvania, opening new lanes of supply, new markets, and new opportunities in the commonwealth’s agriculture economy,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is committed to making sure that the agriculture economy is strong, and working for our commonwealth’s farm families and businesses.”Purdue Agribusiness received an $8.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the commonwealth, which spurred an investment in Pennsylvania’s economy of more than six times that amount. It will continue to pay off in the form of new jobs and expanded market opportunities for area soybean growers and livestock farmers.“This plant builds on Perdue’s investment in Pennsylvania and our commitment to Pennsylvania farmers,” said Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue. “It also sets a new standard in terms of community investment, economic potential and environmental gains. We truly appreciate all of the support we received from the governor and his entire administration to get this project up and running. This plant demonstrates our shared commitment to ensure agriculture remains strong and farmers have every advantage they need to remain competitive.”The $60 million facility has the capacity to process 17.5 million bushels of soybeans per year, producing soybean meal and oil that is then sold as animal feed ingredients and as inputs for food processors, among other uses.“When the state committed to this project, it did so because we recognized the opportunities it held for Pennsylvania’s farmers,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This plant is going to create new demand for soybeans grown here, and it’s going to help existing growers get a better price because they won’t have to ship their beans out of state, and it’s going to offer another close-to-home option for processed soybean meal they can use to feed their animals.”The new plant is strategically located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s richest agricultural region, within 50 miles of seven of the top 10 soybean-producing counties in the state. Pennsylvania farmers produced 29.6 million bushels of soybeans in 2014, and consumed 44 million bushels of soybean meal.Most soybean producers previously had to transport their crops out of state for processing, then back to the state for sale. The new plant more than doubles the capacity for Pennsylvania-produced crops to be processed locally.For more information on the new Perdue soybean processing plant, visit www.perdueagribusinesspa.com.To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Wolf administration’s work to grow the industry, visit agriculture.pa.gov or on Facebook or Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Community pride is drawing buyers to an estate at Caloundra

first_imgBarbara and John Doherty were drawn to Creekwood by its strong sense of community pride.A STRONG sense of community pride has drawn Barbara and John Doherty to a new coastal development at Caloundra.While home design and location were important factors, the Creekwood development in Meridan Plains, Caloundra stood out with many clubs and activities to help new residents socialise and stay connected.“There’s a gardening club, fitness club, mum’s group and I have even established a walking club to take advantage of the beautiful parklands, wetlands and nature corridors we have at our doorstep,” Mrs Doherty said.“The majority of people here make an effort to get to know other residents and look out for one another, so I can say that we live among friends, not just neighbours.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoDeveloper AVJennings has completed construction on the final freehold homes at Creekwood, which have been designed to suit different lifestyles and personalities — with 11 floorplans on offer to cater to everyone from entertainers and home workers through to independent families.The new Creekwood Parkside precinct has 26 homes, which are now ready to move in to. The new Creekwood Parkside precinct boasts 26 homes, which are now ready to move in to, with two fully furnished display open daily for inspection.AVJennings Queensland general manager Tony Creighton said Creekwood Parkside appealed to buyers looking for a leafy locale and the opportunity to buy a brand new property on its own title, with the wide variety of floorplans available an added bonus.He said the three and four-bedroom homes, some with a multipurpose room and all with a minimum of two-bathrooms and one to two car spaces, offered up to 210sq m of living space were priced from $444,900.On completion Creekwood will feature 370 townhomes, terrace and loft homes and 470 home sites across 50ha including more than 11ha of parks and open spaces, all within a three minute walk of each home.last_img read more