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Beyond Ethanol - Could Minnesota be a Trailblazer?

January 15, 2007


Farm advocates say one of the hottest new agricultural fuels, called "cellulosic ethanol," has promise to reduce the need for oil imports, help consumers, and boost farm income and the rural economy. Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson claims the technology could produce double the energy yield of traditional crops.

"It's a more efficient process of getting more energy out of the biomass - in other words, the corn or the fiber that we are now using to produce ethanol."

Peterson says cellulosic ethanol makes better use of farm products.

"What that means is separating the inner fiber from stems of biomass. For example, corn stover, switch grass, and other kinds of biomass that can produce energy and sugars in a starch process so that we can make ethanol. The production is more gallons per ton and per acre than typical technology now."

He says the energy can be produced from native prairie plants or other bio-based materials. Peterson notes Minnesota leads the nation in corn-based ethanol and, with a decent investment, could be a model for the next generation of ethanol.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN