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Cargill to shut SE Sask. crop input centre

An “aging” Cargill crop input facility and dealership in southeastern Saskatchewan will close permanently by midweek.

The Canadian arm of the U.S. agrifood firm said Monday it will close its farm service centre at Langbank, Sask., about 115 km west of Virden, Man., effective Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Farmer customers “will not be impacted by this change,” farm service group manager Sheldon Spearman said in a release.
Cargill said it would continue to work with local customers through its neighbouring ag input centres, including Balcarres and Yorkton, Sask., and Elva and Oakner, Man.

All four of those communities, which also host Cargill grain elevators, are between 145 and 175 km from Langbank.

The company said it would also use “alternate direct-to-farm service solutions” to serve area producers, and will also still offer grain marketing and farm management services.

Cargill’s Winnipeg head office said the “aging facility” at Langbank “no longer serves to most effectively meet the needs of the company and its customers,” and noted the company’s commitment to “safe, efficient and cost-effective” operations.

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