COLUMBIA CITY — After 16 months of construction, Alliance Feed LLC, is in startup at its state-of-the-art feed mill in Columbia City.

Alliance Feed LLC is a joint venture between local Columbia City grain facility, Farmer’s Grain & Feed Co. and Co-Alliance LLP, a cooperative partnership headquartered in Avon.

“The completion of the Alliance Feed mill will help families in the community for generations. We’re excited to be working with the Shively family and Farmer’s Grain on this exciting new venture for area farmers,” Co-Alliance CEO Kevin Still said.

The mill’s operation represents a potential diversification opportunity for area farmers. Alliance Feed is actively seeking local producers to manage wean-to-finish hog operations.

“Adding a wean-to-finish hog barn to an existing operation is a great way for a farmer to diversify,” said Chris Kenyon, director of Eastern Operations for Alliance Feed. “Not only does it add an extra source of income, it also optimizes fertilizer costs and allows a younger generation of farmers to get their start and build a history.”

Alliance Feed’s strategic location will allow more partnering opportunities with both growers and producers. Regionally manufactured feed supports farmers on two levels: it gives grain farmers another market for their crop and gives livestock farmers a consistent, quality and local source for their feed.

Local industry leaders, community members, and other guests were invited to tour the facility at a grand opening celebration prior to the business opening last week.

“The support of the community has been important to us,” said Terry Shively, president of Farmer’s Grain. “Our family history is rooted in agriculture and we’re proud to soon produce livestock feed for local farmers from the grain they store at our facility.”

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