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Ethanol production benefits farmers' wallets, officials say

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ATKINSON, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -

Over the last few years, ethanol plants have sprung up nearly as fast as the crop on which they depend.

That's good new for farmers who grow corn.

Ethanol plants tend to offer farmers a better price for their corn and use more of the plant, putting corn at a constant state of high demand.

Once the alcohol has been removed from the corn at the plant, places like Green Plains Renewable Energy are left with a substance that farmers use to feed their cattle.

Often, that feed is offered to farmers at a better price.

"The cattle feeders in the area are glad that we're back in town so they can basically buy their feed. It gives them another option for feeding their cattle. We have the byproducts here. To try to use our products it might be cheaper to them than using their own corn," Atkinson Plant Manager, Brian Constable said.

Officials say the ethanol plant also benefits from the partnership with local farmers, gaining a constant supply of corn and getting it for a lower price than a product shipped across the country.

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