Nebraska awards ag grants for ethanol

By | March 05, 2009
The Nebraska Rural Development Commission, part of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, has awarded $92,675 in Value-Added Agriculture fund grants for three ethanol-related projects. Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems in Oakland, Neb., along with Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., received $8,000 to purchase technical reference materials and to market a hands-on renewable energy production training program. The students will have the opportunity to learn from an NRES partner project run by Springfield,
Neb.-based Tighe Biodiesel, which received $75,000 to build a farm-scale biorefinery to produce ethanol and biodiesel. Also, Energy Grains LLC in Kearney, Neb., received $9,675 to continue developing a closed-loop supply chain model for ethanol producers to procure grain directly from on-farm supplies.