Minnesota plans first biodiesel plant

By | January 28, 2004
In March 2002, Minnesota passed a mandate requiring that all diesel fuel be blended with at least 2 percent of biodiesel beginning July 1, 2005. Before the law can be enacted, however, the state must have a production capacity of 8 million gallons of biodiesel per year. Helping meet that demand, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has announced its plans for a 30-mmgy biodiesel plant in Brewster.

According to The Associated Press, the plant could be up and running by 2005.

Brewster is already home to a soybean-crushing plant, which opened in early December. The $75-million facility will take in 100,000 bushels of soybeans per year and turn them into cooking oil and soymeal for livestock feed. The crushing plant is owned by 2,300 Midwest farmers, who make up the Minnesota Soybean Processors.

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