Landus Cooperative has reversed its decision to build a feed mill adjacent to their grain facility in Yale.
Landus representatives informed the Yale City Council at their November 3rd meeting that they weren’t continuing plans to open a 400,000-ton mill which was originally announced last February. The mill was expected to add 30 jobs, with construction starting in spring of 2021 and becoming fully operational in 2022. CEO Matt Carstens said their decision was influenced by a feed mill opening about six miles north of Yale in Cooper, and communication from feed customers about the distance between their operations and Yale, “Really we had to make the tough decision coming out of summer here right into fall that this was starting to look a little questionable in how it would really impact the communities and our families if we built it. And remember for your listeners, every dollar that Landus spends is the farmers’, right? Because we are a cooperative and we’re owned by those farmers so we need to make sure when we make these decisions that it’s right for the farmers, it’s the right spend. And this just didn’t make it to the finish line with some of the changes in the marketplace with other feed mills, feedback from large feed customers, it just wasn’t adding up.”
Carstens thanks Guthrie County and the City of Yale for their assistance in the planning for this project. As a Guthrie County resident himself, he states that this was the right decision in the long term for the community and for the cooperative. You can hear more from Carstens in today’s Let’s Talk Guthrie County program on air and at raccoonvalleyradio.com.