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Minneapolis Grain Exchange sold after 139 years

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 7:48 AM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Even though the Minneapolis Grain Exchange isn’t going away, it will be different. The Exchange, which has operated for 139 years, has been sold. A relatively new player in the financial and commodities industry, Miami International Holdings, headquartered in New Jersey, is buying the Exchange for $111 million. The purchase price comes to $275,000 for each of the exchanges 402 members who approved the sale last month. The sale includes the downtown building which the new owners will keep as its headquarters. The Minneapolis Grain Exchange is the last independent Ag futures exchange in the country. The deal will be finalized sometime in December.

New numbers from the USDA in Washington show the federal government has paid farmers across the country 20 and a half billion dollars in Coronavirus Relief funds since last winter. Iowa farmers have gotten the most so far with $1.9 billion or about 9% of the total. Cattlemen, as a group, have gotten 6 and a half billion dollars so far followed by corn growers at just over 4 and a half billion. The deadline for farmers to sign-up for aid under the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is December 11th, which is also the day the USDA will de-fund or shut off payments under the first CFAP program.

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