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Published March 16, 2011, 08:12 AM

Ag commissioner confident in hybrid ethanol plant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's agriculture commissioner says he's confident that a new hybrid ethanol plant to be built near Jamestown will work well.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's agriculture commissioner says he's confident that a new hybrid ethanol plant to be built near Jamestown will work well.

Doug Goehring earlier this month led a North Dakota delegation on a trip to Denmark to learn about that country's efforts to develop a cellulosic ethanol industry.

Great River Energy is involved in plans to build a refinery east of Jamestown that will produce ethanol from both corn and cellulosic biomass. Construction could begin in 2012.

Goehring tells Prairie Public Radio that there's going to be more of a demand for cellulosic ethanol in the United States.

He says he'll ask the Legislature to fund a study at the Carrington experiment station to determine if there are issues with the use of corn stover and wheat straw as feedstocks.

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