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Published January 28, 2014, 05:25 PM

Local company looking into building area’s first energy beat processing facility

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -A local company is taking the next step to creating a new industrial crop in our community.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -A local company is taking the next step to creating a new industrial crop in our community.

An informational meeting today in Valley City is helping NDSU and Fargo based Green Vision Group decide if and where to build the area's first energy beet processing facility.

Energy Beets are sugar beets grown for the purpose of creating biofuels like ethanol.

Each plant is estimated to make 20 million gallons of ethanol per year and create 23 jobs.

The goal is to have the industry up and running in 2017, with 16 plants across North Dakota.

NDSU is leading the research, conducting test studies and hosting the informational meetings.

David Ripplinger, NDSU bioenergy economist: "It's for growers to decide and for developers to decide if they want to have a project. NDSU's role is to educate and inform and let private industry or farmers make the decisions they like to make."

NDSU research shows farmer revenue from energy beets is greater than corn and soybeans, current crops used to make ethanol.

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