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Published February 10, 2010, 07:48 AM

Cooperstown has meeting on beets

The Green vision Group is working with Energy beets for ethanol production. The GVG is made up of four people in North Dakota and an advisory council of farmers and businessmen. Energy beets are sugar beets that will work to produce ethanol with good economics compared to today’s ethanol, according to Maynard Helgaas, GVG president. Energy beets have been shown to yield 38-40 ton at the Oakes Research Test site under irrigation. High yield of Energy beets will transpose into more sugar production which will produce more ethanol.

The Green vision Group is working with Energy beets for ethanol production.

The GVG is made up of four people in North Dakota and an advisory council of farmers and businessmen.

Energy beets are sugar beets that will work to produce ethanol with good economics compared to today’s ethanol, according to Maynard Helgaas, GVG president. Energy beets have been shown to yield 38-40 ton at the Oakes Research Test site under irrigation. High yield of Energy beets will transpose into more sugar production which will produce more ethanol.

GVG has partnered with Heartland Renewable Energy in Iowa to continue work toward small, 20-million-gallon plans for Midwest economic development ins mall communities. North Dakota State University has several people who have helped with economic studies and feasibility analysis for the GVG/HRE project as well as the partners.

GVG and HRE are looking for farmers in the Cooperstown-Finley area to look at the project and see if they would like to grow beets for energy, Helgaas said.

Energy beets fit the new advanced generation of biofuels, Helgaas said. Energy beets have a high percentage of water in them and it is projected that Energy beet will need only one gallon of added water to the process per gallon of ethanol which is more economical than current ethanol water use in distillation, he said.

A meeting is at noon Wednesday at Pizza Ranch in Cooperstown. Members of GVG will attend and show a Power Point Presentation, and answer Energy beet questions.

For more information, call Helgaas at 701-532-0336.

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