Construction began on a Meade County Riverport Authority project to build a regional port facility on the Ohio River in Brandenburg, Kentucky
, which will assist producers to market grain and specialty grain crops.
The terminal will provide the agriculture community with a more economical way of processing and storing multiple commodities, separating specialty grains for export and loading commodities onto barges, Gov. Steve Beshear’s Office said. The project will include grain handling facilities and related equipment, including scale and sampling capabilities. The facility will be designed to enable future upgrades and expansion.
“We appreciate the continued support of Gov. Beshear and the KADB throughout the development of this project,” said Joe Wright, chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority. “This riverport facility will create a new market for farm products in our region.”
The Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., which will be the stevedore for the port, estimates that initially five to six million bushels of grain will be hauled and shipped from the facility.
Gov. Steve Beshear
said the project received $2 million from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which the Governor chairs.
“I am committed to creating opportunities that will make Kentucky’s agricultural community stronger and provide our farmers with increased access to markets,” said Gov. Beshear. “Projects such as this one funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board play an integral role in achieving this goal.”
“These funds will help build a grain terminal right here in our community, which will help our farmers immensely in terms of time and transportation costs,” said Sen. Carroll Gibson, of Leitchfield.