Fruit, Not Corn, Ethanol

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:52:56 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

Dan West already uses apples to feed his engines, after waiting for the fruit to fall off his trees.

"We're just a family-run operation," he said. "We're a 10-acre farm."

West lets the fallen fruit ferment into wine, then he distills the wine's alcohol into ethanol to run his farm equipment. He just received a $6,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to build a machine to sweep up his fruit more quickly.

"The machine is supposed to gather the waste fruit and convey it to a hopper where it will be crushed, ground and pressed into juice," West explained.

But don't call him an inventor.

"I hate that word! But I am an experimenter," West said.

An experimenter who makes 190-proof fruit juice, a high-octane option for the future.

Missouri's Sustainable Agriculture Program said the state received 11 USDA grants, the most in the region.

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