Ethanol plant near Mitchell to celebrate decade of operation

LOOMIS, S.D. (AP) — In the past 10 years, an ethanol plant in the Mitchell area has produced 650 million gallons of ethanol and 1.8 million tons of animal feed. The Daily Republic ( http://bit.ly/2fTs3BP ) reports that the Poet ethanol plant plans to celebrate its first decade in operation on...

LOOMIS, S.D. (AP) — In the past 10 years, an ethanol plant in the Mitchell area has produced 650 million gallons of ethanol and 1.8 million tons of animal feed.

The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2fTs3BP ) reports that the Poet ethanol plant plans to celebrate its first decade in operation on Wednesday.

In 2012, the company started extracting corn oil from its feed, producing more than 45,000 tons of high-protein feed rather than high-fat. Becky Pitz, the plant's general manager, says the plant has purchased 200 million bushels of corn and paid more than $1 billion to 1,640 farmers and 65 elevators.

Pitz says the demand for wet animal feed is higher in Mitchell than any other Poet location.

The facility just north of Loomis is the second westernmost plant in Poet's 27-plant network.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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