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Jan 3, 2014 6:17 AM

Groundbreaking Held For Regional Port Facility

BRANDENBURG (AP) - Officials have broken ground on a regional port facility that they expect will benefit more than 8,500 farm families.

The groundbreaking was Thursday in Brandenburg for the facility. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the project had received $2 million from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.

Meade County Riverport Authority Chairman Joe Wright says the facility will create a new market for farm products in the area. Beshear's office says it will establish a regional port facility, and the completed terminal will provide a more economical way of processing and storing multiple commodities.

The Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. will be the stevedore for the port and expects 5 million to 6 million bushels of grain will be hauled and shipped from the facility initially.

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