Poultry litter could power ethanol plant

MISSOURI - Is poultry litter waste or a source of power to produce fuel? Litter could be used as a source of power to run a proposed ethanol plant in Barton County.

The plant requires a source of power to run a large distillery that turns corn into ethanol fuel.

Kyle Kirby, of Liberal, talked about the plan as part of the Quad State Poultry Dialogue conference held recently in Joplin.

He is a member of the Barton County Ethanol Steering Committee, a group of farmers which began looking for an industry to bring to the county 18 months ago .

Barton County is among areas that grow a lot of corn. The farmers have received help from the Missouri Corn Growers Association, Kirby said.

The goal is a plant to produce green energy. It takes 5 megawatts of power to generate 30 million gallons of ethanol. That energy can come from conventional sources, methane gas from a landfill or from burning poultry litter.

Source: JoplinGlobe
calendar icon 27 June 2005
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