Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Funds Awarded for new Port Facility in Meade County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 02, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Agricultural Development Board Invests $2 Million in Brandenburg

BRANDENBURG, Ky. - Gov. Steve Beshear was in Brandenburg today to break ground on a project with the Meade County Riverport Authority for the construction of a regional port facility for area producers to market their grain, including specialty grain crops. Gov. Beshear also announced that the project had received $2 million from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which the Governor chairs.

“I am committed to creating opportunities that will make Kentucky’s agricultural community stronger and provide our farmers with increased access to markets,” said Gov. Beshear. “Projects such as this one funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board play an integral role in achieving this goal.”

The project will establish a regional port facility in Brandenburg. The completed terminal will provide the agriculture community with a more economical way of processing and storing multiple commodities, separating specialty grains for export and loading commodities onto barges. The project will include grain handling facilities and related equipment, including scale and sampling capabilities. The facility will be designed so that future upgrades and expansion will be economical.

“We appreciate the continued support of Gov. Beshear and the KADB throughout the development of this project,” said Joe Wright, chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority. “This riverport facility will create a new market for farm products in our region.”

The Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. will be the stevedore for the port and estimates that initially five to six million bushels of grain will be hauled and shipped from the facility. It is estimated that more than 8,500 farm families will benefit from this project.

“These funds will help build a grain terminal right here in our community, which will help our farmers immensely in terms of time and transportation costs,” said Sen. Carroll Gibson, of Leitchfield.

“This money is further validation that Meade County is poised to play an even bigger role in river commerce in the years ahead,” said Rep. Jeff Greer, of Brandenburg. “This is definitely great news for our county and for grain farmers across the region.”

For more information about this project, contact Joe Wright, chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority, at (270) 756-5678.