The Secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department wants his state to focus on biodiesel, not ethanol. The Arkansas News Bureau reports Richard Bell told state lawmakers other states that produce more corn are already dominating the ethanol field.
Bell told the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee that Arkansas will have a chance to break into the ethanol market later, when technology is developed to allow the gasoline substitute to be made from wood products.
Of course, Arkansas is known for its forests, which could later supply cellulose-based ethanol production. In the meantime, biodiesel could be made from the abundance of soybeans grown in the state.