Snobelen Farms planning to build new seed facility at Palmerston location

PALMERSTON – Construction of a world-class seed processing, treatment and packaging facility at Snobelen Farms Ltd.’s Palmerston area location will begin this summer, the company has announced.

The facility will produce high-quality seed, offer several seed treatment options and allow Snobelen Farms to better serve customers, the company states in a July 23 press release.

The Palmerston expansion is a result of recent growth in the company’s seed and export soybean business. It will focus on processing soybeans, winter wheat and spring cereals seeds and receiving IP soybeans to complement the company’s existing seed and export facility in Lucknow.

“Adding this state-of-the-art facility to our Palmerston operation positions Snobelen Farms to continue to supply our customers with the highest possible quality product,” said company president Sam Snobelen. “It also sets us up for future growth in our seed business unit.”

The Palmerston expansion will incorporate a tower structure cleaning and treatment processing line, a new warehouse and separate IP soybean receiving facility. Completion of the project is expected in the fall of 2020.

Mike Snobelen established Snobelen Farms Ltd. in 1971 with the goal of building a sustainable agricultural business.

Troy Snobelen, Mike’s son, continued this vision until his passing in February this year, company officials note. Troy’s commitment to facilitate the growth in the seed business included the purchase of Bramhill Seeds in Palmerston in November 2018.

Sam Snobelen and Tanya Leppington, Troy’s brother and sister, continue the family legacy of commitment to local farmers, employees and the communities it serves, company officials state.

The new facility “will allow us to continue Troy’s vision for the business,” said Sam Snobelen.

An independent, family-owned business with about 60 employees, Snobelen Farms Ltd. is dedicated to processing and packaging pedigreed seed; contracting, processing and exporting of IP soybeans internationally; and a commercial grain elevator system with eight elevator locations in Ontario.