How Summit and Schell are saving the prairies

Shakopee's Rahr Malting plant and Koda Energy are brewing up enviro-beer

"If it were economical we all would be doing it right now," says Greg Schwarz, a corn and soybean farmer whose land is within Koda's fuel-source area. "It may be a little of the chicken and the egg problem. No farmer is going to devote his crop to a market that's not established."

Theis, whose brother farms corn and soybeans, understands. "So many times these agricultural ventures get touted as the next great thing and then the facility never gets built and there's no market," he says. "We want to get the facility up and running before we get farmers involved." 

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