Make Farm-Scale Ethanol from Sorghum

Find out about the potential for farm-scale ethanol from sorghum at Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day Sept. 17.

Dordt College at Sioux Center in northwest Iowa, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a field day at the Dordt College farm to discuss the production of ethanol from sweet sorghum. The field day is Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2:00 p.m.

On-farm production of ethanol from sweet sorghum on a small scale may be a viable alternative to conventional large-scale production facilities. Under Dr. Ethan Brue, a Dordt College professor, alternative design criteria have been used to develop a small-scale system that can be maintained and operated by an individual farmer or group of on-farm producers. See this equipment in operation, view sorghum research trials, and take part in the discussion of economics and feasibility of homegrown ethanol. Also, learn about PFI's new energy project.

Dordt is a private college in Northwest Iowa with an enrollment of 1,350. The Ag Stewardship Center of Dordt College provides teaching, work-study, research and outreach opportunities. This field day is free, and everybody is welcome.

Directions: Dordt College, 498 4th Ave. N.E., Sioux Center. From Hwy 75 (N. Main Ave.) in Sioux Center, go east on 7th St. NE, then south on 4th Ave. NE. Turn east into the campus at 5th St. NE. Continue past the Science and Technology Center and park behind the building. Follow the signs to the workshop in the Science and Technology Center. Later in the afternoon the workshop continues at the Ag Stewardship Center.

PFI is a non-profit sustainable agriculture group dedicated to farming that is profitable, environmentally sound, and healthy for consumers and communities. Founded in 1985, PFI has over 700 farmer and non-farmer members throughout Iowa. For more information, call 515-232-5661 or visit

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