|REFINING CROPS INTO A RENEWABLE HEAT SOURCE|
|Finding new and improved ways to reduce costs and increase revenue is a cornerstone of a solid business model.|
|WHITEVILLE, Tenn., Oct 19, 2011
Finding new and improved ways to reduce costs and increase revenue is a cornerstone of a solid business model. In West Tennessee one company is developing a method to do that as well as offer it to other companies.
BioDimensions Delta Bio-Renewables, LLC has found that once the sugar has been extracted from sweet sorghum it can be refined and pelletized and then can be used for feed in the cattle industry as well as an alternate heat source in other industries. This in turn has the potential to drop feed costs to cattle farmers and heating costs to those other industries which ultimately reduces the carbon footprint of those companies.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode and other local officials were on hand at the BioDimensions Delta Bio-Renewables offices to announce federal funding to purchase the equipment needed to produce and pelletize the sweet sorghum.
"Helping rural businesses take advantage of money-saving, environmentally responsible systems helps them stay in business," said Goode. "Just as good, these investments also help create good jobs in the renewable energy sector and promotes the development and use of renewable, American-made energy alternatives."
BioDimensions Delta Bio-Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary to BioDimensions, Inc., received a $20,000 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant that will be combined with $62,569 in contributions from the company to purchase the needed equipment.
The investment is projected to produce 960 acres of sweet sorghum by the time the process is in full swing in 2016. Once the full potential of the venture is reached customers will start to reap the benefits of reduced heating cost and see a lower dependence on natural gas.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s representatives Lora Jobe and Matt Varino, Sen. Bob Corker’s representative Nick Kistenmacher, Rep. Marsh Blackburn’s representative Don Johnson, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s representative Scott Golden, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Jai Templeton, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development representative Tracey Exum, German Farms and Willie German Equipment Company Owner Willie German, BioDimensions staff members, RD Area Directors Arlisa Armstrong and Harriet Cannon, RD Energy Coordinator Will Dodson and RD Area Specialists Joel Howard and Van Wylie.
REAP grants and low interest energy loans are available to most farms and rural businesses. More information on the REAP program is at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN-Business.html.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in southwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Jackson at 731-668-2091, ext. 2, toll free at
1-800-342-3149 ext. 1495 or visit us at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.