POET to discuss cob harvesting at KGLO Ag Expo

POET Biomass director to outline Project LIBERTY, potential for farmers as cellulosic ethanol technology expands

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In the near future, cellulosic ethanol will be produced across the Midwest, and farmers everywhere should start thinking about corn cobs as an additional revenue crop.

POET Biomass Director Mike Roth will take that message to Mason City, Iowa on Friday in a presentation at the KGLO Ag Expo, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Roth will speak about POET’s Project LIBERTY, a planned 25 million gallon-per-year commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg Iowa that will use corn cobs as feedstock. He will also discuss the growing need for cobs, successful cob harvests in 2009 and the variety of harvesting options for farmers.

The presentation starts at 10:30 a.m.

POET already has an operating pilot cellulosic ethanol plant in Scotland, S.D. producing 20,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.

To see a documentary about POET’s pilot cellulosic ethanol plant visit Media outlets are welcome to link to the documentary in online coverage. Photos of the pilot plant are also available for publication at

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 22-year-old company produces more than 1.54 billion gallons of ethanol annually from 26 production facilities nationwide. POET recently started up a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit or

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