Biofuel beets meetings set in 3 cities; proponents have been working on project for years

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VALLEY CITY, North Dakota — Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn sugar beets into ethanol are holding educational meetings in three cities this week.

KOVC radio reports that the Green Vision Group meetings are Tuesday in Valley City and Jamestown and Thursday in Carrington.

Beets used to produce biofuel are different from the sugar beets grown for human consumption. Industrial beets are genetically bred specifically for the making of renewable fuels and can be grown just about anywhere in the U.S.

The refinery process separates sugar from the beets in the form of juice, which is fermented and distilled into alcohol.

The Green Vision Group has been working on the project for years and is considering five potential sites for a plant.

Information from: KOVC-AM,

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