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[Sao Pedro do Ivai, Brazil] - A United States Congressional delegation visited Alltech's new biomass plant last week on a fact-finding mission.? The delegation, comprised of Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Wayne Allard (R-Colorado), Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa), Phil English (R-Pennsylvania), Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), Darrel Issa (R-California), and Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri), along with ranking members of the Brazilian Embassy and Consulate, visited Brazil in order to learn more about alternative fuels.? In his 2006 State of the Union address, President Bush stated that he wanted to make "our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."? This purpose of the visit was to examine what Brazil is doing in the way of ethanol production and how this could be adapted in the United States.
The contingent was hosted by Mark Lyons, director of international projects and manager of Alltech's production facility in Brazil.? Lyons discussed how Alltech and neighboring distiller, Vale do Ivai, work together in the fermentation process.? This includes Vale do Ivai using sugar cane from the surrounding area to produce fuel ethanol and sugar, while Alltech uses Vale do Ivai's by-products, molasses and steam, to ferment its yeast-based products.
"The processes of yeast fermentation and ethanol production are virtually one and the same," stated Lyons.? "As an American, I'm happy to see our Congressmen interested in alternative fuels.? Brazil has set a good example and this could be a great template for us to use in the United States."
Alltech's production facility became operational in February of this year.? The plant is fully automated and has the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of dried product per year, making it one of the largest yeast factories in the world.? Alltech products such as
Sel-Plex?, NuPro?, MTB-100?, and Bioplex? trace minerals are produced in this facility.