The Environmental Protection Agency has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sorghum checkoff chairman Bill Kubecka says this is a significant step forward for the sorghum industry. He says this will make sorghum a more profitable biofuel feedstock for the renewables industry – thus increasing the value and demand for sorghum. The checkoff says the ruling further affirms their belief that grain sorghum is perfectly suited for starch-based ethanol production. Sorghum Checkoff Renewables Director John Duff says this new opportunity to produce advanced biofuel will increase demand for the crop and lead to greater profitability for producers across the nation.
According to the EPA – ethanol produced from grain sorghum emits 32-percent less greenhouse gas than the baseline petroleum it replaces and uses one-third less water than some other biofuel feedstocks. Sorghum also produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel and has 34-percent protein content.
Source: NAFB News Service