Cellulosic ethanol production–will it add to the bottom line?

Farmers in northwest Iowa are now harvesting and delivering bales of corn residue for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Project LIBERTY is POET-DSM’s 20-million-gallon-per-year cellulosic bio-ethanol plant currently under construction.  The facility will use corn crop residue—cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk—to produce renewable fuel.  

So how much will the process of collecting the residue and selling it to a cellulosic ethanol plant add to a farmer’s bottom line?  We discussed that topic with Project LIBERTY general manager Daron Wilson and Rick Elbert, one of the farmers who is providing feedstock to the plant.

AUDIO: Rick Elbert and Daron Wilson (3:00 MP3)


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