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Published August 26, 2011, 10:12 PM

Berg gets first hand lesson in ethanol production

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg is getting a lesson in ethanol production.

North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg is getting a lesson in ethanol production. Berg stopped by the Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant to shake hands and get a tour.

The tour began with the first stage, the grinding of hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn, and ended with the finished product, ethanol. Plant manager Wes Plummer explained in precise detail the grinding, drying, and testing of all products at the plant.

Wes Plummer – Plant Manager: “A better understanding and for him to see some of the people that are behind these plants and what the economic impact is on our area, the state, and actually the country.”

Not only was Berg's visit to he plant important for plant managers it was also important for plant operators.

Scott Rossow – Plant Operator: “Oh I was glad, I was glad he came for somebody that high up to take time out to come it really mans a lot to us.”

Workers were able to talk with Berg about more than ethanol, including things like immigration, tax, and real estate.

Scott Rossow: “Anytime that we can get somebody to come and see the plant, then they understand it, then they can go back and explain it to other people and anytime we have a little more information out other people will catch on.”

Employees say they hope Berg will take what he learned to Washington to educate fellow congressmen about the importance of Ethanol production. The Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant produces an estimated 132 million gallons of ethanol each year.