In last week’s blog, I noted that POET will work with equipment manufacturers to help speed the process of getting corn cob harvesters into fields around its Project LIBERTY facility in Emmetsburg, IA. Well, if you’re in the Emmetsburg area on Nov. 3, you might want to attend the Project LIBERTY field day.
This event will feature live demonstrations of pre-commercial corn cob harvesting equipment. Project LIBERTY Director Jim Sturdevant says that there have been significant advances not only in the development of cob harvesting technology, but also in incentives for farmers to benefit from the new revenue steam that corn cobs will offer.
Sturdevant will provide more insight on the developing cellulosic ethanol industry in the upcoming December edition of Farm Industry News. The article will feature an update on cellulosic ethanol demo and pilot projects and how plans are progressing for commercial-scale production plants.
The Nov. 3 event at Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature morning and afternoon rounds of equipment demonstrations separated by lunch and a short program. To see a documentary about POET’s pilot cellulosic ethanol plant visit www.poet.com/cellulosedocumentary.htm. 
AGCO Awarded Grant for Hay Project
In other news, AGCO, maker of tractors, combines and windrowers, has been awarded a grant of up to $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to show the viability of a hay product as a means to supply high tonnage biomass feedstocks to cellulosic biofuel producers. The project will be focused on the efficient collection and transportation of biomass to biofuel plants.