Ethanol Could Save Ag in Louisiana

Cindy Zimmerman

From the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana)

“Ethanol could be the salvation of Louisiana agriculture,” says Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob Odom. He and others are hoping the future begins here.

Plans to build an ethanol plant at the site of Lacassine Sugar Mill are under way with engineers from India visiting the plant last week for the first time to examine its operations.

The $56 million mill, built with state taxpayer money, is now owned by a partnership of area farmers and Andino Sugar Development, LLC, a company with headquarters in Colombia. They say they plan to put a plant to make ethanol from sugar syrup produced on the site by 2008.

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