Farm Belt Hit by Floods, Snow
ADM, Cargill closed facilities due to flooding
A harsh late winter storm broadsided a vast swathe of the U.S. agriculture industry last week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest farm fields and swamped grain elevators.
Reuters reports Archer Daniels Midland Co. was forced to shutter its massive Columbus, NE, corn processing facility due to flooding. The plant, which produces corn-based ethanol biofuel, is one of the largest in the world.
Cargill closed its Council Bluffs, IA, and Albion, NE, grain elevators at least through the weekend due to flooding, according to its website.