Dakota Frontier Cooperative building new agronomy center

Dakota Frontier Cooperative will have a new agronomy center, and manager Rich Jahner said they hope to be up and running at the new location by Jan. 1, 2017.

The new agronomy center is under construction, located about five miles west of Hettinger. Manager Rich Jahner said they hope to be up and running at the new location by Jan. 1, 2017. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
The new agronomy center is under construction, located about five miles west of Hettinger. Manager Rich Jahner said they hope to be up and running at the new location by Jan. 1, 2017. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | cbenz@countrymedia.net
Record Editor

Dakota Frontier Cooperative will have a new agronomy center, and manager Rich Jahner said they hope to be up and running at the new location by Jan. 1, 2017.

The new agronomy center will be located just a few miles west of Hettinger and will service both fertilizer and chemical needs for producers. Jahner said the services won’t change, but the efficiency will be better.

“We’re hoping that process is only going to take about 20 minutes,” Jahner said when referencing loading chemicals and fertilizers for producers.

The new campus-like location will feature a 60-foot by 120-foot building for their chemical business. The structure will be divided into two 60-foot by 60-foot areas with one side being temperature controlled.

The fertilizer portion will be a collection of 14 new stainless steel bins, two 16-ton blenders, and a small structure by the silos so they can monitor the output processes.

Jahner said the desire is to keep everything centralized.

“Our goal is to move everything all in one location as far as the agronomy side of the business goes here,” Jahner said. “The only thing we’re not going to move out here is our anhydrous plant at this time.”

The initial plans for the new agronomy center started prior to the Alliance Ag, DFC merger. Jahner said they had been discussing the project, and when Alliance Ag was speaking with different companies about acquisition, this project was always something they talked about heavily, and need to be included in any potential deal. Jahner said the DFC was always in support of the new center.

“This was something that the board of directors from Alliance Ag wanted the new company, whoever it was that we merged with, to be able to do,” Jahner said. “And DFC saw value in that, and that was kind of part of the merger.”

Jahner said DFC has a lot of pride in their business, and with the current location, they have room to expand, which supports that sentiment. Jahner said that land was purchased from a private seller.

The merger took effect on Feb. 1, 2016.

For now, Jahner said they will continue to offer the same services, but they will be able to service customers on a larger scale.

“It’ll be all the same services that we offer now, just hoping we’ll actually be able to do it on a larger scale,” Jahner said.

Jahner said they will host an open house for the community, but details on a potential event have yet to be discussed.







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