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Fresh start for northeast Nebraska greenhouse

A greenhouse in northeast Nebraska is getting a fresh start after a ribbon-cutting on Friday. The former O’Neill Ventures facility hasn’t had many tomatoes being produced since 2018. In August of 2018, the greenhouse underwent an ICE raid, arresting 133 people for immigration violations and costing the previous company millions.

But Daniel Minnig, head grower and plant manager of a new company taking over the facility, said he isn’t worried it will happen again. “In the future, it does not worry me, as, you know, the new owners and everything that I have learned in the past allows us to prevent anything of that nature from happening in the future,” said Minnig.

Even though his most recent venture was in Kentucky, Minnig is familiar with O’Neill and the greenhouse. He was an assistant when the business was under different management in 2017. In April, the greenhouse went under new management with a new name – Millennium Produce of Nebraska.

The facility had seen a variety of vegetables in the past. However, Minnig said they are only focused on tomatoes at the time. During the grow season, all 24 acres will hold about 239,512 tomato plants. All tomato plants are grown hydroponically.

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