Simpson Soybean Plant Proposed

Negotiations are in place to bring a major soybean processing plant to Simpson County, Ky.

The proposed plant would be built in North Industrial Park and would manufacture non-trans fat soybean oil, mainly for healthier cooking.

If the deal goes through it could mean new jobs to the area and more business for local farmers.

More and more fast food restaurants are making the switch from the regular old cooking oil to the trans fat-free soybean one. That’s good news for healthy eaters, but even better for farmers.

“It will stimulate the economy real good,” said Linda Dickerson, an
agri-business woman.

The business could soon be booming in surrounding counties.

A soybean processing plant is proposed in Franklin’s North Industrial Park. The facility would be built on 15 acres and the soybeans would be grown locally within an 80 mile radius of the plant.

“Product would be brought in, crushed, extruded and the oil would be sold off to food service areas and high protein bypass meal will be used in livestock feed... dairy,” Dickerson explained.

The plant could process an estimated 150 tons of soybeans per day. It would also bring new jobs to the area.

“It will increase our local economy through increase in sales in fuel. The more a farmer makes, the more he’ll put back into the local businesses,” Dickerson said.

Next time you eat fast food, remember artificial trans fat causes artery blockage, high cholesterol and heart disease. According to health experts, it’s so common the average American eats nearly five pounds a year.

Restaurants such as KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Pizza Hut are already making the change to zero-trans fat oil. A company called Kentucky Specialty Grains is currently conducting a feasibility study on the project.

A public meeting is planned Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, for farmers to learn more about the venture. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Park Ag Building in Franklin.

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