Since the construction of the company’s first grain-receiving facility in Salisbury, MD., in 1960, Perdue AgriBusiness has focused on bringing value to the farm gate — recognizing that viable crop farms are essential to our company’s supply chain.
While our business has grown significantly in size and scope, we remain focused on helping farmers increase the profitability of their operations:
Consumers are trending toward heart-healthy, plant-based food and wellness products. Perdue AgriBusiness is a leader in this category of heart-healthy oils from plants. We contract with farmers to grow specialty seeds such as high oleic soybeans or high oleic sunflowers. Farmers can diversify their crop rotations and earn a premium on the specialty seed. Perdue crushes the oilseeds, refines the oils, and sells it to manufacturers of consumer products such as coffee creamers or breakfast bars. Perdue AgriBusiness is a bridge between farmers and product manufacturers.
“2020 was a good experience raising sunflowers for Perdue. A cold wet spring caused us to have to replant the entire field, but Mike Garland, our Perdue agronomist, was helpful in quickly getting us sunflower seeds for the replanting. After a good stand was established, the sunflowers were cultivated several times before growing tall enough to shade out much of the weed pressure.
Once in bloom the sunflowers were enjoyed by honeybees and neighbors. The field yielded above expectations, even with a drought in the summer months. The only fertilizer that was used was one ton of chicken litter an acre. Everyone we talked to at Perdue was helpful and easy to work with. We look forward to raising sunflowers for Perdue in 2021.”
For seven years, Perdue AgriBusiness has contracted with East Coast farmers to raise Pioneer® brand Plenish® high-oleic soybeans. Farmers can now take pride in knowing the soybeans they raise are producing higholeic soybean oil that has earned the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check certification mark. The iconic Heart-Check mark helps take the guess work out when reading nutrition facts and label information. Perdue AgriBusiness sells its high-oleic soybean oil in bulk to meet customers specifications for a variety of today’s food processing applications.
More and more companies are seeking high-oleic products and we remain committed to being a leader in meeting the demand, which also allows farmers to receive a premium for growing high-oleic soybeans, helping increase their on-farm profitability.
Since the 1990s, Perdue’s Animal Nutrition Group has been developing precision feed ingredients and providing technical support for the poultry and dairy industries. Today, they feed approximately 10% of the conventional U.S. dairy herd and work with top poultry farmers. In addition, Animal Nutrition recently introduced organic feed ingredients tailored to the nutritional needs of organic dairy cows, calves, chickens and laying hens.
By focusing on a healthy digestive tract first, Perdue Animal Nutrition helps create an environment for effective conversion and absorption of amino acids and fatty acids to enhance nutrient utilization and support animal well-being.
Our six PhDs work with nutritional consultants, who are part of each farmer’s business team, to help optimize feed formulations to improve farmer profitability.
Since 2019, Perdue AgriBusiness has been selling soybeans to Herun Group Co., Ltd., dba Chinasea, a diversified private enterprise covering grain and oil processing, logistics, petroleum storage and trade, real estate development,and industrial investment.
During the U.S. export season, Chinasea buys a vessel of soybeans from Perdue on a monthly basis. Sales to Chinasea enhance our U.S. soybean value chain and add diversity to our customer base in China. Their ability to discharge soybeans quickly, combined with the loading enhancements we made at our Chesapeake, VA., deepwater terminal, result in considerable logistical efficiencies to the supply chain which enhance profitability for both partners and provide an additional outlet for U.S. farmer grain.
Since its founding in 1979, Chinasea has built a modern intermodal transportation and logistics system in China moving grain from the north to the south on roads, rail, and water. They are one of the largest privately owned crushers in China with a daily crush capacity of 9,000 metric tonnes and two integrated oil refineries. In 2019, they were ranked 162nd among the top 500 private enterprises in China.
In 2017, they entered the Brazilian market and built the world's largest dedicated grain port in São Luis, Brazil. This grain port enabled Chinasea to establish an oilseed logistics network connecting road, rail, rivers, seas, and warehousing to promote large-scale storage, transportation and processing throughout Southeast Asia, Argentina, Brazil, and the U.S.
Through our deepwater port in Chesapeake, VA., Perdue AgriBusiness is able to access harvests in the northern and southern hemispheres and be a year-round supplier to our customers.
Perdue AgriBusiness exports grains, soybeans, soymeal and soy oil by shipload and containers. Our Chesapeake facility is connected to the rest of the grain-receiving and handling network by barge, rail and truck.