CHS Inc., announced plans to build a 26,000-ton fertilizer hub in Lakota, N.D. Operating as part of the Lake Region Grain unit of the company's Country Operations division, the new facility will exclusively handle dry fertilizer product and benefit from shuttle train access off the BN rail line.

Construction is expected to begin May 1, 2014, and the plant ready to fill with product by mid-January 2015. It should be ready to serve area farmers for the spring 2015 season.

"This additional fertilizer capacity will help us ensure a seamless supply for our current patrons and, at the same time enable us to expand our territory and bring quality inputs to new growers," said Mark Greicar, general manager, Lake Region Grain.

"The CHS commitment to producers includes initiatives to reinvest back into our communities," said John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. "It's a very tangible way CHS is helping its members grow."

Lake Region Grain is a division of CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow its businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.