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Turning sugar beets into plastic? One Nebraska company is looking to do just that

Investors and ag producers are being sought by a Kearney based company that will turn biomass into plastics.

The Kearney Area Ag Producer Association (KAAPA) is a farmer owned development cooperative that supports and creates value added ag projects.

They are working as a strategic partner with a group that can turn biomass into filler for the plastic industry. Currently, their feed stock is distiller's grain from ethanol production, but they can also use soy flake, rice hulls, and sugar beet pulp.

KAAPA Executive Director Margery Lauer says they are seeking a remaining $900,000 of capital to complete their $8.4 million goal.

Lauer says aside from fundraising, her group is here to plant a seed with the sugar beet industry, because its pulp converts very well into the plastic. "And everybody know that the plastic industry is absolutely huge, " says Lauer. "So we will probably need to use soy flake and sugar beet pulp and DDG just to fill the demand over a period of time."

Interested parties can learn more by attending a  7:00 p.m. meeting will be at the Platte Valley Community Rooms now located at the Platte Valley Professional Building (AKA FALCO Building),  1110 Circle Drive.

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