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Energy Beets

A landscaping company in Baldwin County may be growing the fuel of the future.
Woerner Turf and Company is working with researchers to see if "energy beets" can be used to make ethanol.
If the pilot program goes as expected Woerner wants to build a 30-million dollar processing plant in Baldwin County.
The company says farmers around here can grow beets.. in addition to their usual cash crops.
George Woerner with Woerner Turf and Company: "So down here in the Southeast we're going to be able to grow during the winter time, in the off season, a crop that can do three to four times as much ethanol per acre than corn."

Steve Libsack, Betaseed: "One of our main objectives is not to interrupt the current crop rotation and grow them as a second crop and work them in whether it's peanuts, corn."

The beets may be used for more than gas..
They can also be distilled into chemicals for making eco-friendly plastics.