Production of ethanol from corn, grain sorghum and other crops, has steadily increased year after year, such that by 2012, the USA has 209 plants, located in 29 states, producing 15 billion gallons of ethanol per year.

The federally mandated Renewable Fuels Standard doubles the production to 30 billion gallons over the next eight years. See the chart below.

Which crops will be grown to provide this requirement?

Note the chart indicates that crops, other than corn, will represent the greatest contribution to this increase.

Efforts by members of the SSA intend for sweet sorghum to be one of those crops contributing to this increase.

Most importantly, each Spring, farmers plant a new crop, thus renewing the source of fuel each season.

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