Scoular's Missouri grain facility to be sustainability showcase hubScoular Missouri grain facility to be sustainability showcase hub
“Elevator of the future” in Adrian will develop sustainability solutions with a goal to decrease resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while improving product quality and safety.
November 3, 2023
Scoular announced Nov. 2 that it has designated its state-of-the-art grain handling facility in Adrian, Mo., as a sustainability showcase hub.
The site will incorporate a range of features — from solar panels to a companywide safety training center — that test and develop sustainability solutions for farmers, feed and food customers and the greater community. The overarching goal is to significantly decrease resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while improving product quality and safety.
Several projects already have been launched:
Over the summer, variable-frequency drive motors were installed on fans for the facility bunkers, along with metering that tracks wind speed and controls motor output. It is estimated that this technology will reduce annual facility energy consumption by as much as 67 percent, according to the company’s news release.
A new system tracks the site’s overall fuel and energy usage per bushel. The data will be used to compare efficiency year over year.
Facility employees are testing lower-emission options for equipment, such as an electric skid steer versus an internal combustion conventional machine.
Scoular announced initiatives it has planned at the facility for 2024:
An on-site solar panel system will be installed to supply up to 30 percent of the facility’s annual usage with renewable energy.
An Environmental Health & Safety Training Center will be created at the facility to educate and provide hands-on learning for Scoular’s operations employees companywide.
In addition, Scoular said it will offer classes for local producers and community members and will seek partnerships with schools.
In August, Scoular held a meeting in Adrian with more than 40 producers to discuss regenerative agriculture, which can drastically reduce emissions in the agriculture industry. The meeting was held in partnership with the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
TJ Mandl, Scoular regional manager who is leading the project, said he considers the Adrian facility the “elevator of the future.”
“We envision a testing ground for everything from operational sustainability strategies to regenerative agriculture practices,” he said. “What’s most exciting is that we’ll share our results and lessons learned with producers, customers and community members.”
In 2022, Scoular completed an extensive upgrade to the facility, which was built in 2012 and handles corn, wheat and soybeans. Located about 60 miles south of Kansas City, the operation serves multiple markets, including soybean processors, poultry feeders and flour mills.
“As customers develop plans to meet supply chain reduction goals, initiatives like the sustainability hub show that Scoular company is willing to engage and partner on solutions,” said Kate Pitschka, Scoular’s corporate sustainability manager.
“The feedback from our customers so far is positive, and we look forward to expanding our impact and reach,” she said.
Scoular is an employee-owned agribusiness headquartered in Omaha, Neb., that buys, sells, stores, handles and processes grain and ingredients by leveraging its global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation.
The company has 1,400 employees in more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia that work to provide safe and reliable solutions to farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquaculture feed and pet food, as well as food, beverages and supplements.
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