Ethanol from corn scraps plant starting in 2014

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — An ethanol plant that will make the fuel from corn cobs, leaves, and husks is on track to start production early next year.

The plant located in Emmetsburg is a joint venture of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based POET and Royal DSM, and a biotech company based in the Netherlands. It is designed to make 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.

POET-DSM Board President James Moe says testing of each part of the process is required because it’s new technology. That will soon begin.

Hiring has begun with postings including jobs for a lab technician, material handlers, and an accountant.

Farmers in a 40-mile radius harvested 100,000 tons of corn plant material this fall to operate the refinery through next fall.

Farmers are already signing contracts for 2014 harvest.

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