Minnesota Soybean excited about export opportunities out of Port of Halifax

A commodity group is excited about export opportunities through the Port of Halifax.

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council treasurer Ben Storm, who farms in southeast Minnesota, recently took part in a See for Yourself Tour hosted by the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance.

“We are working towards shipping soybeans and soybean meal out of the Port of Duluth, which would eventually go through the Great Lakes and come to Halifax to get out onto the ocean.”

He tells Brownfield companies are investing in shipping infrastructure along the St. Lawrence Seaway between Duluth and Halifax.

“They are shipping pea meal (and) some DDG’s out of the Port of Duluth already, so it’s just a matter of getting some orders for soybeans out of that port out of Minnesota.”

Minnesota Soybean executive director Joe Smentek says the biggest barrier to shipping soybeans out of the Port of Halifax is economics because it’s currently cheaper out of Houston and Norfolk.  But with continued investment, he believes the Port of Halifax can become a hub for soybeans grown in the Upper Midwest.

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