The crops from the Guymon fields will be used to feed a cellulosic ethanol plant currently under construction by Abengoa Bioenergy near Hugoton, Kan. The new plant should be operational in 2010. Switchgrass is one of the preferred potential feedstocks for biofuels because of its ability to re-seed itself and grow on marginally fertile land with no irrigation or fertilizer. Oklahoma State has an extensive history with cellulosic biofuels. Researchers at the school developed the process used by Coskata for producing ethanol. The land for this program is being leased from Hitch Enterprises a long-time, family-owned agricultural company in the region.
[Source: Oklahoma Bioenergy Center]