By purchasing so much corn, sorghum and soybeans, our state’s biofuel plants produce upwards of 550 million gallons annually, worth $886 million, while each plant also employs an average of 45 workers at an average salary of $59,130. These plants are also some of the highest tax payers in the state, as the industry reported paying $8.6 million annually in property taxes to fund local rural schools and infrastructure.
Kansas’ 10 fuel-grade ethanol plants, spread out in rural areas across the state produce high-nutrient distillers grains used to feed livestock. Distillers grains are high in the protein, fat, minerals and vitamins these animals require, plus by drying the grain, it is able to have a longer shelf life which improves its ability to be transported longer distances.
Looking at corn and ethanol alone, Kansas boasts 11,684 farms growing 686 million bushels of corn annually, with 25 percent of it being used for ethanol production. The 11 fuel-grade biofuel plants in our state annually create almost half a billion gallons of biofuels, creating a market for millions of bushels of corn, sorghum and soybeans.