The Ag Innovation Campus project received an air permit approval last Thursday from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Executive Director Tom Slunecka said the quick approval is an important step, making a difference between which year the campus can start processing soybeans. “That’s a tremendous savings for us as we try to build the organization and its a tremendous opportunity for farmers and Crookston, Minnesota to have this business running as quickly as this will be.” The $5 million allocated by the Minnesota Legislature for project use in the new fiscal year was released to the campus in September. A groundbreaking is expected in late 2020. “We hope to do a groundbreaking this fall, but really we wanted to get this MPCA permit firmed up, because those things can delay six months to one year, depending on the project. We now know the project will come to life.”
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