Valley Agronomics LLC Pocatello Groundbreaking

Pocatello, Idaho - Today Valley Agronomics LLC, FMC, and Power County Development Authority (PCDA) joined together for the ground breaking ceremony of the new fertilizer distribution center. The new plant will represents a $12 million investment and provide jobs for 70 individuals. Since 2014, Valley Agronomics and FMC have been working collaboratively to develop a plan that integrates FMC remediation with the construction of the fertilizer distribution facility.

Valley Agronomics LLC, a division of Valley Wide Cooperative, has been serving local farmers since 1920. With services that stretch across the state of Idaho, Valley Agronomics is able to provide better services at competitive pricing for their growers and members. Richard Lloyd, the General Manger of Valley Agronomics stated: “we take pride in the fact that we have grower customers and are grower owned.” Richard goes on to discuss the importance of how the site will significantly improve handling time and cost efficiency through the service of the Union Pacific Railroad in moving fertilizer to the region. Due to the fact that the plant will be able to receive up to 110 rail cars, equaling a 3 mile distance, the Pocatello plant will be a great
addition to Valley Agronomics.

Valley Agronomics, PCDA and FMC worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to make sure the development fit into the remedial design for the property where part of the old FMC elemental phosphorus plant was located, according to officials. It is the first redevelopment effort at the Superfund cleanup site. Barry Crawford, VP of FMC, said “we are proud of accomplishing something that is very rarely done- integrating a redevelopment project into construction of an environmental cleanup.”

While this was a monumental occasion for Valley Agronomics, Idaho Governor Butch Otter came out to support the company and talk about the importance of growth in Idaho and more particularly in agriculture. Governor Otter said of the plant that it was a like a Phoenix rising up from the ashes and went on to say “Today we celebrate a new life, a whole new opportunity.”

Valley Agronomics looks forward to better serve our customers with a quicker turnaround of fertilizer as well as a central location to all of our eastern Idaho Locations, and is pleased to be able to continue to work with FMC and PCDA in providing a new future for individuals of the Pocatello area.

Pictures Left to right: Barry Crawford Vice President FMC, Richard Lloyd General Manager Valley Agronomics LLC., Sid Jensen Project Manager Valley Wide Cooperative, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Kent Rudeen Chairman for Power County Development Authority, and Robert Swainston Board of Director Valley Wide Cooperative.

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