From Kirksville, MO’s KTVO, a story about a new switchgrass processing center in Chillicothe, Iowa. The developers see switchgrass as a more sustainable alternative to biofuels made from traditional agricultural products:
Burning switchgrass provides cleaner air by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. It’s a renewable energy source that also preserves the soil.
Using switchgrass could also have an effect on the local economy.
“Hopefully it can be a viable crop. It can be an alternative crop versus corn or soybeans and be a crop that can be produced on marginal land. It’s harvested usually in fall and winter months,” said Doug Goben with Chariton Valley Resource Conservation and Development.
At this point, they’re still testing the new facility, but the project looks promising…