Using biofuels has many positive benefits for environment. Being a renewable resource, we don’t have to worry about running out of supply. Growing and harvesting the material needed to produce the fuel does not harm the earth. And of course, burning the fuel is cleaner–resulting in fewer carbon emissions in our atmosphere.
Missouri ranks third in biodiesel production capacity and second in production.
Producing biofuels is making significant positive impacts on our US economy, too. For example, Missouri has found the ethanol industry to be very important for their state. According to Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) Executive Director Jill Wood, “Biofuels are a win-win for Missouri agriculture. By creating additional demand for two of Missouri’s top commodities, corn and soybeans; we have the opportunity to reduce the cost of livestock feed for cattle, hogs and poultry. Our team at MASBDA is excited to stand in the financial gap that may help some agribusinesses from applying for these federal funds.”
Currently, there are six majority farmer-owned ethanol producing plants operating in the state of Missouri. Plants from these farms produce approximately 300 million gallons of ethanol and 825,000 tons of distiller’s grains (a valuable co-product of the ethanol process) annually.
How is grain converted into biofuels?
In October 2020, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) produced a video, “Inside an Ethanol Plant,” to show how a modern-day ethanol plant operates. This is a very interesting and educational video illustrating the transformation from a kernel of grain into fuel ethanol.
Want to learn more about biofuels and other forms of alternative energy?
The Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition’s mission is enhancing the livability of the Rogue Valley. We promote and educate on alternate fuels, seek to decrease dependency on petroleum, and promote clean air and water in the Rogue Valley via alternate fuels. Contact us today for more information!