Jun 17, 2022

Oregon Rail-to-Barge Grain Facility Receives $2M to Expand

Expansion project will install a new 600,000-bushel grain bin and associated conveyors

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved a $2.1 million grant for the Morrow County Grain Growers (MCGG) cooperative to expand its rail-to-barge grain facility at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.

The grant will cover two-thirds of the project’s $3 million dollar cost. The MCGG board, which is responsible for the final costs not covered by the grant, must issue the final approval.

Only grain facility on the Columbia River

The Port of Morrow facility is currently the only one on the Columbia River that can unload grain from rail cars into barges headed to downstream export elevators, noted the USDA.

MCGG is a cooperative founded in 1930 that is owned by about 800 growers, operates eight grain elevators in total with a total licensed capacity of 6.2 million bushels. Over the years it has diversified into fertilizer, chemicals, feed and seed, propane gas and farm equipment sales.

New expansion details

The Port of Morrow facility was last expanded in 2018-19 with the assistance of an almost $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to leverage development grant.

That project extended new rail lines from the Union Pacific mainline to four terminals to enable rail-to-barge access for shipments along the Columbia River.

The project included infrastructure improvements to facilitate intermodal operations, including new bridges, connecting roads, and Terminal 1 improvements.

The newest expansion project will install a new 600,000-bushel grain bin and associated conveyors that will connect it to the existing facility.

Six grain bins stood at the Morrow location when the cooperative built the $7.5 million rail-to-barge system, whose costs included installation of a seventh bin.

The project recently approved for Connect Oregon grant funding will bring the number of bins at the location to eight, with room for five more and a grain bunker left at the site.

According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data, from 2016 to 2020, grain shipments originating or moving through the Columbia River system ranged between 27.5 million tons and 33.8 million tons — or 66% to 74% of all shipments on the river.

From 2016 to 2020, wheat was the primary grain commodity shipped on the Columbia, with shipments ranging between 12.7 million tons and 16.4 million tons.

Feed & Grain Staff

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

Semi-Automatic Hand-Prompt Batching Station

  • Designed to eliminate bad batches resulting from operator error and interruption
  • Operator involvement through each step in the batching process

C-LEVER EVA HE Controller

  • For bulk solids, accuracy is not impacted by different material densities, irregular material flows or extreme friction
  • All connections available (Ethernet, Profibus, CANbus, etc.) as standard equipment to easily connect/coordinate with existing systems

SORTEX H SpectraVision

  • Real-time tracking of sorting performance and emergency warnings with SORTEX Monitoring System
  • Newly designed in-house full-color cameras provide best color differentiation for subtlest of color defects

Feed Ordering Hub

  • Cloud-based hub designed to increase feed ordering and scheduling automation
  • Allows feed mills to make data-driven decisions and allocate resources better

24" Scalperators

  • Provides high capacity method for removing roughage, light fines and chaff in a single pass
  • Large material scalping and air density separation in one pass

Aqua MicroFeed System

  • Enables users to produce microfeed at 40% increased capacity
  • Optimized die can withstand higher pressure caused by smaller holes due to stronger construction, larger diameter and bigger open surface, and smart die base to create equal distribution of feed toward larger die


Marketwatch: Jul, 03

US Corn Price Idx: ZCPAUS.CM

open: 7.1488
high: 7.3886
low: 7.0173
close: 7.0525

US Soybean Price Idx: ZSPAUS.CM

open: 15.7324
high: 16.5525
low: 15.3323
close: 15.3637

US Hard Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: KEPAUS.CM

open: 9.0002
high: 9.0773
low: 8.5501
close: 8.6212

US Soft Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: ZWPAUS.CM

open: 8.1033
high: 8.308
low: 7.749
close: 7.8078