Citing next-generation cellulosic ethanol's potential to boost farm income, strengthen energy independence and revitalize rural communities, Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Project LIBERTY, a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa tomorrow with senior agriculture and economic development officials.
The plant, a joint effort between POET, LLC and Royal DSM, will be among the first commercial-scale bio-refineries in the U.S. to use corncobs, leaves, husk and some stalk to produce ethanol, while leaving most of the available material in the ground to help control erosion and replace nutrients. POET-DSM plans to bring this next-generation technology to a number of other plants around the U.S. in coming years.
"This next-generation technology holds tremendous promise for our farmers and rural communities here in Missouri, as well as for families across the nation who will benefit from this renewable, homegrown fuel," Gov. Nixon said. "Missouri is already a national leader in ethanol production, and I look forward to exploring how these new, innovative technologies can help us build on this strong foundation."
The Governor will be joined by Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce and Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing.
POET, LLC currently operates two majority farmer-owned ethanol plants in Missouri in Macon and Laddonia. Missouri ranks 10th nationally in ethanol capacity, with a total of six majority farmer-owned ethanol plants that produce approximately 300 million gallons of ethanol each year. In 2011, according to a report by the Commercial Agriculture Program at the University of Missouri, Missouri's ethanol industry generated $1.1 billion in economic output and sustained 1,575 jobs.