Alternative Energy Pushing Ahead
"I come here to support the expansion of the renewable fuels industry in the state of Missouri," said the grain company's John Eggleston, "[because of ] the importance of having this country independent of foreign oil, creating our own energy sources."
State officials said more home-grown, renewable fuels will help decrease fuel costs while improving the economy.
"This is great income, great economic development, for the state of Missouri," explained the committee's Kathy Chinn. "It's great income and economic development for anyone who is able to put forth that effort."
What many people outside agriculture might not realize is, when ethanol is made, livestock feed can be made at the same time. And, if the state expands its ethanol production, many think the livestock industry should expand, too.
"If we do expand the livestock industry, we have to do it with proven science in the expansions," Eggleston added. "We have to be good stewards and we have to make sure that we provide a safe environment out there."
Missouri also plans to look for more uses of biodiesel and soydiesel to try to use less imported energy.