Butanol Conversion
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:18 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Jim Knopik loves ethanol as much as any red-blooded farmer.

After all, Knopik was among some 750 investors in the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op in Little Falls, Minnesota, who in the 1990s saw the need to create market stability for corn after years of prices barely high enough to break even.

Area farmers pooled their money to build a 20-million-gallon ethanol plant. When the ethanol boom took off in the mid-2000s, however, the plant began to fall behind the technology curve.

Knopik and his neighbors could see the writing on the wall.

It was time to go ...

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