We are facing an unprecedented situation in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 23,  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a “Shelter in Place” order for Michigan residents – with some exceptions – which has since been amended and extended many times.

But sheltering in place just isn’t something the agriculture industry can do. Animals need to be fed and preparations need to be made for the quickly-approaching crop season. The executive order recognizes that many businesses cannot shut down and, as producers of food and feed products, ZFS Ithaca, LLC and its affiliates are exempt from the order. Through these difficult times, we remain open and are committed to serving our customers to the fullest.

ZFS Ithaca continues to operate fully, receiving soybeans and producing soybean meal, hulls and oil. The Zeeland Farm Services soy plant in Zeeland, Michigan is also operational and crushing soybeans and producing co-products.

Because the health and safety of our customers and employees is of utmost importance, some small changes have been made to the operational standards at ZFS Ithaca and Zeeland Farm Services. Specifically, we ask that drivers at either of the sites in Michigan remain with their trucks or at the scale booths as much as possible, and follow the guidelines of social distancing that have been issued by the State of Michigan, including limiting direct contact with employees inside the scale house. Our employees have been instructed to do the same.

If you do need to enter any ZFS facility, we ask that you please wear one of the required face masks.

We are in this together and appreciate your cooperation

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Michigan’s Largest Soybean Processor

ZFS Ithaca has taken over the role of Michigan’s largest soybean processor, a title held by its affiliate, Zeeland Farm Services, Inc., for more than 20 years.

ZFS Ithaca is a 40 million bushel per year soybean processing operation, a 4 million bushel grain storage facility and a feed ingredients transloading site serviced by both rail and truck. Located in the beautiful city of Ithaca in central Michigan, ZFS Ithaca is expected to quadruple the state’s soybean processing capacity and will impact agriculture in the state for decades.

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