A new business arrives in the Steele Area.
Dakota Frontier Cooperative is filling a long time service void in Kidder County.
This afternoon we take you down I-94 to Exit 205 for the story.
Just east of Steele, you'll notice there's a new shop in town.
DFC is opening a full service Agronomy Center right here along I-94.
(Tayler Michels / DFC Agronomy Manager, Steele) "We plan to fill all four offices, as well as seasonal work, so the place should be buzzing in season that is for sure."
Agronomy services like custom spraying and fertilizer spreading are something that has been missing in the Steele area for years--forcing some farmers to drive more than 30 miles for product, during one of the busiest time of the year.
(Roger Bettenhausen / DFC Agronomy Director) "There was a lot of CRP acres in Kidder County at one time. So there wasn't a need for a facility, but most of that is being farmed now so the need has grown."
(Tayler Michels / DFC Agronomy Manager, Steele) "Our main location in Napoleon, about 30 plus miles away was doing a considerable amount of business in this area and just looking at the region itself. A lot of the patrons in this area were doing business with someone 30,40, 50 miles away. There's just kinda a whole of service in this area."
DFC also recently merged with AgVantage in New Salem.
DFC now has 5 locations in Wishek, Steele, Hazelton, Napoleon and New Salem.
(Roger Bettenhausen / DFC Agronomy Director) "The bigger you are the easier it is to get those products at a more reasonable cost and we can pass that on to our growers."
The Steele D-F-C location is hosting a grand opening on October 14th.