Agriculture business to expand in Houston

By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal

HOUSTON – Crop Production Services is in the business of growing.
The fertilizer and seed company in Houston has announced plans to build a seed warehouse this summer at its location in the Houston Industrial Park and has already erected six, 30,000-gallon tanks to hold liquid nitrogen fertilizer.
“This is probably bigger news and means more to farmers in this area than most people realize,” said Bart Bevill, manager of CPS in Houston. “Between both projects, we are talking about six new jobs and roughly a $1 million investment by our company.”
The seed warehouse will enclose 10,000 square feet. Plans are for it to be ready for operation by late summer or early fall. The liquid nitrogen fertilizer already is being trucked to fields in this area.
CPS currently employs 20 at the Houston hub and has satellite facilities in Grenada and Macon. Bevill said this expansion will bring much more activity to Houston.
“It is currently difficult to find bulk fertilizer in this area and we are seeing a lot of farmers having to search around,” Bevill said. “This move will allow us to adjust to customer demand quicker and more consistently.”
Liquid nitrogen fertilizer, while not a new product, has become a new need for farmers growing corn. Farmers side-dress, or spray corn with the liquid fertilizer once it emerges to obtain maximum plant growth and keep plants healthier.
Bevill said farmers often try to find ways to store fertilizer on their property, but new Environmental Protection Agency regulations discourage that. He said CPS looked at the local market and decided Houston was the spot to build and make this investment.
“I want to thank CDF (Chickasaw Development Foundation), the city of Houston and the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors for helping us with this project,” Bevill said. “This project will allow our business to grow, but most of all it will be a major benefit to farmers looking for a constant supply and a constant price.”
CPS serves 20 counties across Northeast Mississippi from the Tennessee and Alabama state lines to Macon.
Crop Production Services is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services across North America. It is a wholesale producer and marketer of all three major agricultural nutrients and a key supplier of specialty fertilizers.