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Scoular announced that it has designated its state-of-the-art grain handling facility in Adrian 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:
Initiatives planned for 2024:
In addition, Scoular will offer classes for local producers and community members and 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 agricultural 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, the 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,” said Pitschka.