Ethanol is what we do. Here at Prairie Horizon, we produce over 40 million gallons of ethanol each year. What is ethanol you ask? Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. More than 95% of U.S. gasoline contains ethanol in a low-level blend to oxygenate the fuel and reduce air pollution. Today, it is agreed upon by researchers that the use of ethanol could considerably offset our nations petroleum use. Ethanol production is accompanied by numerous benefits: its renewable, reduces imported oil and greenhouse emissions, it provides security by not having to rely so heavily on foreign petroleum supplies and ethanol production provides job opportunities in rural areas where employment is needed.
Source: “Ethanol.” Alternative Fuels Data Center:. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.
Prairie Horizon is a proud distributer of wet and dried distiller grains. Distiller Grains is a co-product of ethanol production. WDG and DDG have a very long history of being fed to livestock; the first study of distiller grains being used as cattle feed dates back to 1907. With the tremendous growth in ethanol production, also comes the increased interest using distiller grains as feed. Dry distiller grains are the dried residue that remains after the starch fraction of corn is fermented with selected yeast and enzymes to produce ethanol and carbon dioxide. The ethanol is distilled off and the remaining liquid is centrifuged to remove some water. This residue is wet distillers grains which are either fed as-is or heat-dried producing dried distillers grains. The nutrient composition of distillers grains includes protein, fiber, fat and minerals depending on the concentration of starch in the grain.
For additional nutritional information and latest studies: http://www.ddgs.umn.edu/
Source: Weiss, Bill, Maurice Eastridge, Dianne Shoemaker, and Normand St-Pierre. “Distillers Grains.” Distillers Grains. N.p., June 2007. Web. 08 Nov. 2014. “Overview : Distillers Grains By-products in Livestock and Poultry Feeds : Department of Animal Science : College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences : University of Minnesota.” N.p., 29 Oct. 2007. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.
At Prairie Horizon, we continue to seek out opportunities for growth and ways to diversify our operation. In 2014 we added in Corn Oil Extraction as a way to do just that. Corn oil can be extracted from distiller dried grains using anhydrous ethanol as a solvent. Corn Oil is typically sold as a supplement to animal feed in the bio diesel market, but there are a number of industrial uses for it as well.