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SENTINEL TRIBUNE 00.00REA F )(:us Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Page 8 Media night Above: Daryl Hrdlicka showed some of the younger members how to play the spoons. Below: Swede Benson took a break near the many cables for the huge light bar. Second-generation biofuels require orga- nization, grower edu- cation By Douglas G. Tiffany U of MN Ext. Twenty-one billion gallons of second-generation bio- fuels made from non-grain feedstocks must enter the nation's fuel supply by 2022, as mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. These biofuels can be made from perennial grasses, corn stover, hybrid poplar and straw, just to men- tion a few sources. Achieving that quantity in 12 years is a bold objective considering that U.S. annual corn-based ethanol production grew by only 9.3 billion gal- lons in the same amount of time. Corn ethanol expansion occurred using a commodity crop and improving fermen- tation technologies, both of which were well understood. Expansion of second-gen- eration biofuels is complex because it involves numer- ous participants who have a stake in land-management decisions, and because bio- mass comes in many varieties and conditions and doesn't fit into neat commodity grades. The technologies to transform diverse biomass sources will have requirements, whether the process is biochemical like fermentation or thermochemi- cal like gasification or pyroly- sis. Landowners and tenants will want to understand the conversion processes and the viability of businesses that plan to purchase their biomass. Ultimately, landowners and tenants will need quality infor- mation and education in order to answer the following ques- tions: High Water at Double Lake Above the water lapped at the dock on north Double Lake due to the recent heavy rains The rains have also flooded local fields drowning out some of the crops. Earlier the dock was submerged so all that could be seen was the two posts sticking out of the water 1) Can I make money by producing biomass? 2) Will removal of bio- mass hurt my soils? 3) Will I deal directly with a processing plant or use a middleman? 4) What quality grades and delivery schedules will be required? 5) Can I afford to make long-term investments in bio- mass production when there is risk that the biorefmeries might go bankrupt? 6) Can government,spon- sored programs reduce my risk as a grower? Growers, loggers, brokers, aggregators, farmers and coop- eratives will need to organize so they can offer reliable bio- mass supplies to feed hungry biorefmeries. Model contracts need to be developed that pro- vide protection to both buy- ers and sellers of biomass. Independent environmental monitoring will be needed to ensure that removal rates of biomass do not deplete the soil or contribute to greenhouse gasses more than other fuel production. A lot of work must be done to prepare the people manag- ing the lands of this country so that they can be rewarded for supplying the biomass needed for second-generation biofu- els. Grower education will be as critical to the economic viability of second-generation biofuels as efforts to perfect conversion technologies. For more resources and links on renewable energy, visit University of Minnesota Extension's website at www. Westbrook Walnut Grove Business Directory "'Your Gateway to Commerce"00.00. Want your ad here Call Jessica at 507-274-6136 or 800-41 O- 1859 Want your ad here Call Jessica at 507-274-6136 or 800-41 O- 1859 Plum Creek Embroidery Hwy. 14 Walnut Grove Kris & Randy Tietz, owners Rats Jackets Shirts Bags Afghans Sweatshirts. Bath Towels Blankets Tapestries Your Items or Ours...Small or large quantities Contact us for all?our custom emhroldery needs... ?eat round 507.859.2468 or emall 174%4 LOCOD MOTORS, INC t t310 E COLLEGE DR. MARSHALL, MIESOTA 56258 181962 Sanford Westbrook 920 Bell Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 Medical Clinic (507)274-6121 Clinic Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday Urgent Care lOAM - Noon BUS: (507)537.1526 1-800-658-2455 www& Cindy M. Jensen r Windom FARM BUREAU FiNANCIAl, SERVICES (507) 831-3808 I..,,. ........  ............. .,,,., S41illllle4+ *5 sefsttl Old tltl'OlJk [QelTruid [l/fie 8ll, L{.C" 5400 Unlverst Avenue. West Des Melnul, 50268, TtTtlO-2904, Member $1PC, Farm BUrU ,'-!rl rvi, Wet  Moincs. IA +Affiiial FBI. 2004 426 Want your ad here Call Jessica at 507-274-6136 or 800-410-1859 C & C Custom Meghann Westover Interior Designer 117 N. 3rd Marshall, MN 507-929-7460 605-695-7399 w, Interiors CabmeI DUANE'S BODY SHOP Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Specializing in auto glass Call 507-274-6655 1018 4th St., Westbrook, MN. Duane 0urada, owner 155114 WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon- Ham- Sausage Retail Meats: fresh & frozen Custom Slaughtering- Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 G&R ELECTRIC 168 4th St., Tracy, MN 56175 MAYTAG, JZNN AIR & DncTV AMANA, LG APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONIC We service all makes and models. Residential & Commercial Wiring Phone 507-629-4250 email: License # CA04099 CONSTRUCTION Co. Jared Haas, owner Site Demolit/bn Grove & Tree/ne Removal Dozer Work Genero/ Excovot/on Walnut Grove, NN Cell: 507-828-4609  Business: 507-f Westbrook Hospital (507)274-6121 24 Hr. emergency service Peterson Estates Senior Living (507) 274-6804 BIRKHOLZ LAW LLC ATTORNEY AT LAW Daniel A. 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Want your ad here Call Jessica at 507-274-6136 or 800-41 O- 1859 STEFFEN ELECTRIC MN Electrical Contractor License # CA01727 Since 1939 o, Walnut Grove, MN 859-2114 174849 Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff Law Office Call Maryellen Suhrhoff 507-274-5980 611 First Ave.. Westbrook, MN Wednesday l-5pm or by appointment or call the Windom office 507-831-5575 182024