Using Sugar Beets As Fuel

Using Sugar Beets As Fuel

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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. -

The Woerner family has been farming in Baldwin County for more than a century. From sod and surf- to corn, soybeans and cotton- the family has done it all.

But Woerner Agribusiness president George Woerner now has his eye on sugar beets as an alternative fuel source.

The beets are called "energy beets"- the high levels of sugar in the crop are a key ingredient in the production of ethanol.

Woerner is pitching his idea to state agriculture officials and to local bankers and investors.

Woerner wants to form a co-op with local farmers, plants 30-thousand acres of sugar beets and build a 20 million dollar bio-fuel plant by 2015.

 

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