The North Dakota Mill and Elevator Association began operating October
22, 1922 as a value-added market for wheat produced in North Dakota. In
the early 1900’s, the flour mills and grain exchange in Minneapolis
were the primary wheat markets for North Dakota farmers and elevators.
After freight costs to Minneapolis were deducted from Minneapolis market
prices, North Dakota farmers received a low price for their wheat. The
North Dakota Mill came into existence to help solve this problem.
The North Dakota Mill facilities include seven milling units, a terminal
elevator and a packing warehouse to prepare bagged products for shipment.
All Mill facilities are located in Grand Forks and have been paid for
from operating profits.
With seven milling units, the Mill produces and ships 36,000 cwt. of milled
products daily. In addition, the Mill ships over 13,500 cwt. of food grade
bran and wheat midds daily. The Mill cleans, processes and mills over
80,000 bushels of top quality North Dakota wheat daily. On an annual basis,
the Mill adds value to 23 million bushels of spring and durum wheat.
The terminal elevator has a storage capacity for 4.3 million bushels
of wheat. The terminal elevator blends, cleans and transfers wheat to
the six milling units and provides wheat storage to farmers, country elevators
and government agencies.
70% of the Mill’s flour and semolina is shipped on bulk rail cars
and trucks, 30% of finished products are packaged in 5, 10, 25, 50 and
100 pound bags for shipment via boxcars and trucks. Product is also packed
in totes/super sacks for shipment. The Mill also sells a line of bread
machine and pancake mixes for the retail trade.
The Mill also has an organic certification for processing organic wheat
The North Dakota Mill receives no funds or financial assistance from
the State of North Dakota to subsidize the milling operations. Selling
value- added milled wheat products to bakery and pasta customers, as well
as retail and food service suppliers, generates all operating funds. Over
90% of sales revenues are derived from customers outside the State to
create value-added income for the State of North Dakota. The North Dakota
Mill supports the local economy with a payroll of $7 million annually.
The North Dakota Mill and Elevator Association has contributed in excess
of 50% of its profits to the North Dakota State General Fund for more
than 35 years and continues to be a valuable asset to the State of North
The North Dakota Mill and Elevator Association is the only state-owned
milling facility in the United States. The North Dakota Mill and Elevator
Association has, over the years, worked cooperatively with state agencies
in promoting North Dakota and its high quality products by participating
with and hosting international trade teams and serving as a resource center
for training, research and testing.
The North Dakota Mill and Elevator is currently pursuing new marketing
strategies to achieve desired profit levels. The new marketing strategies
include increasing branded product sales; targeting bakery customers that
prefer superior quality flours with excellent uniformity and purity and
aggressive marketing of new products at the retail and food service levels. 9/10/09
For more information or the name of a distributor call:
North Dakota Mill & Elevator
P.O. Box 13078, Grand Forks, ND 58208-3078