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Poet restarts production at Missouri plant

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 7:29 a.m. CDT; updated 9:15 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Poet said it has restarted production at its ethanol plant in Macon, Mo., and has added corn oil production to its product mix.

The 45 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant suspended operations in February, primarily due to a lack of available corn from last year's drought.

The Sioux Falls-based company during the downtime made about $14 million in upgrades, including adding a more efficient evaporator, a new administration building and scale house and a new control system.

Work continues on installation of BPX technology, a no-cook process that reduces heat and energy use.

Poet chief executive Jeff Lautt says the upgrades will position the plant well for the future.


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Ellis Smith April 24, 2013 | 12:34 p.m.

Assuming this operation (and there's a much larger one where I now live) actually operates in the black, how much of that income comes from subsidies?

What happens to the corn supply for ethanol production should drougth conditions continue? Will we reach the point where we must ration agricultural products for human and animal consumption, for their use for obtaining energy, or for both?

[Damn those people who ask such silly questions!]

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