Sussex County Delaware

Perdue's Soybean
Plant Purchase
Approved by Justice

From Gov. Carper's Office ...

DOVER -- The United States Department of Justice approved the purchase of a soybean processing facility in Norfolk, Va., by Perdue Inc. on Thursday, June 15, 2000.

Last week, Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper had urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to intervene in the approval process by the Department of Justice on behalf of Delaware soybean farmers.

The Department of Justice had already taken four months to review the purchase, but Delaware soybean farmers faced an uncertain season, Gov. Carper said, because they lost one of their primary soybean customers when Townsend's Inc. shut its Millsboro plant down earlier this year.

The Millsboro plant processed 12 million bushels of soybean each year, but Perdue plans to process 25 million bushels annually in the new facility.

Gov. Carper said that's welcome news for Delaware soybean farmers who produce 7 million bushels of soybeans each year.

"This is an overwhelming victory for Delaware's soybean farmers who were facing an uncertain future," said Gov. Carper. "This decision was crucial in sustaining the economic viability of the First State's soybean industry and, more importantly, it enhances the future prosperity of Delaware's farm families."

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