Energy Café May 23 Looks at MFA's Biomass Program in Southwest Missouri
Ozarks New Energy's May 23 Energy Café will feature Dustin Dover with MFA Oil Biomass on &ldquo The Future of Biofuels in Missouri.&rdquo The free event is 6-7:30 p.m. at the Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Springfield.
Dover, southwest Missouri area manager for MFA Oil Biomass, will discuss why MFA Oil believes in the future of biofuels, specifically miscanthus giganteus the creation and implementation of the southwest Missouri project area and an update on its progress. As Dover has said, "You may be surprised to find what a group of Missouri farmers have put together and the change they hope it brings to the energy market.&rdquo
Some 3,000 acres in Barry, Christian, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton and Stone counties are being planted this spring by area farmers. Another 250 acres of miscanthus have been planted in test fields near Lockwood and Golden City. A processing plant built by MFA Oil Biomass in Aurora last fall has processed 300 tons of wood and miscanthus (from Kansas). The pellet-type product can be sold in bulk to power plants to mix with coal or can be used in commercial applications such as chicken house in place of propane.
In 2008, MFA Oil began looking at ways to expand into the emerging biomass renewable energy market. In 2010, MFA Oil teamed up with Aloterra Energy LLC, a biofuels company headquartered in Ohio, in organizing and investing in MFA Oil Biomass LLC. The goal of the new company is to create a vertically integrated renewable energy supply chain by combining knowledge of energy markets with the farming knowledge of its members.
After researching numerous energy crops, MFA Oil Biomass found miscanthus giganteus to be the strongest energy crop and has targeted three project areas: northeast Arkansas, central Missouri and southwest Missouri. Although this concept is not new in the global marketplace, it is highly innovative in the United States and has received much attention. MFA Oil CEO Jerry Taylor was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work advancing new ideas that are leading the way to a clean energy future and an economy that's built to last.
MFA Oil is a farmer-owned energy cooperative headquartered in Columbia, Mo. Cooperatively owned by 40,000 farmers, MFA Oil's mission is to improve the economic well-being of its farmer members through the distribution of energy and energy-related products.
ONE is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to promoting education, knowledge and training about renewable and alternative energy in the Ozarks. It has presented three energy conferences in Springfield and hosts regular Energy Cafes, free to the public.