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Central Valley Ag has agreed to sell portion of their grain and feed production assets in West Point that are no longer being used by the cooperative. CVA decided to discontinue grain operations and feed production in West Point post-harvest last year.

The property that CVA is selling to Prinz Grain includes the grain and feed facilities west of the alley behind the CVA retail store and gas station. It’s comprised of the feed mill, along with about 220,000 bushel grain storage in the cement structure, steel bins, and flat storage.

Glen Prinz, majority owner of Prinz Grain in West Point, says they are blessed to have three sons return to be a part of the business. He says this purchase was made to help maintain and increase the long-term viability of the business.

Prinz says even having the bins and another scale available this fall will help the harvest flow and get customers in, dumped, and back to the field smoothly and quickly. He says the additional storage may also offer different grain marketing options that they were not able to utilize in the past. As to the future of the feed mill, Prinz says they are looking at different options. He says they may make improvements to the equipment, or they may revamp the facility and covert it for a different use.

The paperwork to finalize the sale is pending.

Tom Palmertree, CVA Senior Vice President of Marketing, says customer grain that was going to West Point is being routed to their East Hub location in Oakland, and feed production and bulk delivery is being handled out of their Scribner location. He says customers impacted were notified prior to the change. Palmertree says age of facilities and efficiencies were the main reasons behind the change.

Bryan Reichmuth, CVA Senior Vice President of Operations, says for current CVA feed customers, it’s business as usual. Also, he says Central Valley Ag will continue to operate the retail feed store, and also will continue to provide access to fuel via the pumps at the West Point location. Reichmuth says the agronomy location on the north edge of West Point was not affected by this transaction.



There won’t be any trade relief payments for farmers with unplanted crops. Politico quotes an unnamed official as saying USDA has made the determination. However, a department spokesman did not confirm or deny that a decision had been made either way. Last month, the department said it would pay up to $14.5 billion directly to producers who’ve been hit hard by President Donald Trump’s trade war.

The payment rate would be determined partly by the total amount of a farm’s planted acres. Growers who didn’t get a crop in the ground wouldn’t be eligible for the help. Ag economists raised concerns that producers might plant crops just to try and collect some trade aid help when they otherwise wouldn’t put a crop in the ground. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA was looking at whether or not they could legally offer trade aid for unplanted acres, noting that, “You have to have something to sell or trade for a tariff impact.” However, farm groups made the case that trade tension can affect producers’ crop insurance coverage when they can’t plant due to the weather.

Those revenue guarantees are based in part on commodity prices, which have dropped because of retaliatory tariffs. Politico says not offering trade aid on unplanted acres would bring USDA right back to where it started on the issue.