Plains Oilseed Products, LLC
SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS FARMERS GET NEW MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OILSEEDS!
A novel investment from an unusual alliance of agricultural producers is bringing expansion and growth to an Oklahoma City-based oilseed processing facility, where finished food-grade oil products and oil for biofuels will be produced and marketed.
Built in 1944, the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill (PCOM), located near downtown Oklahoma City, will have capacity to process products from Winter Canola, sunflowers and other oilseeds.
A newly signed agreement between PCOM and Plains Oilseed Products Cooperative (POP), a farmer-owned coop, will make farm producers a part of the value-added coop to market these new generation products and enhance their profitability.
The alliance brings new opportunities for farmers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, said Gene Neuens, POP executive director.
“More than six years of research by Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University to better understand the value and yields of winter Canola has resulted in this unusual joint venture between an oilseed crusher, Oklahoma State University, a national seed supplier, and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company (Oklahoma Farmers Union) to add to the economic development of rural America,” Neuens said.
The project had help from many agricultural and industry leaders and producers, including Oklahoma Farmers Union; Monsanto Dekalb Genetics; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Plains Oilseed Products; Producers Cooperative Oil Mill; Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; and Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center.
As a result, Southern Great Plains wheat farmers will gain significant benefits in several ways by growing Winter Canola, an oilseed adapted to the southern growing region, Neuens said.