Finally, Progress for Port
(NewsPressNow.com) From 2001 to now, multiple government entities spent at least $4 million developing and upgrading the facilities of the St. Joseph Regional Port Authority. And for what?
Well, for starters, for exactly what occurred last week and will continue this week along the banks of the Missouri River.
A large empty barge arrived at the port Wednesday. It will be loaded with distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a nutrient-rich co-product of ethanol production. The product comes largely from the St. Joseph Lifeline Foods / ICM ethanol plant, and from some other ethanol plants in the region.
It’s what happens next that holds so much potential. A river tow company, Missouri River Services, is due to pick up the full barge by Wednesday for its trip down the river, eventually delivering the product of our region and its ethanol industry to the Gulf of Mexico and international markets.
It has been more than four years since the last barge docked in St. Joseph.
Transport 360 predicts a number of other barges will be filled with DDGS from our region through the remainder of the 2018 navigation season ending in December. Each one of these shipments is one more than what we have experienced for several years, and each will add export revenue to the local economy. READ MORE