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Dutch King visits Iowa for new ethanol plant in Emmetsburg

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People in Iowa got the royal treatment, Wednesday.

His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of The Netherlands, made a visit to Emmetsburg for the grand opening of a new cellulosic ethanol plant, Project Liberty. It's a joint venture between the US-based Poet and The Netherlands-based Royal DSM for advanced bio fuels.

It was a warm welcome for King Willem-Alexander, traveling more than 6,000 miles to congratulate Iowa for what, he calls, a premier project advancing the production of ethanol on US soil.

"What we are witnessing here is the start of a new era. We try to get rid of our addiction to oil and try to see what we can do with agricultural feed stocks as a new raw material," Royal DSM executive Marcel Wubbolts said.

Poet-DSM's Project Liberty will break down the cellulose and turn it into ethanol. At the events, Wednesday, a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the Dutch King and company executives signified the first hay bale to be turned into ethanol in Emmetsburg.

It's a project, leaders say, that will allow local farmers to benefit even more.

"Farmers will all have another source of income once they've harvested their corn, they'll go back through their field, bale up some of the residue, haul it to the plant and have extra income per acre. it's better for them, better for everyone," Poet-DSM Board Member Fred Thurman said.

"Having it here, proving the concept, will allow us to do this globally, starting a new movement to get rid of oil addiction and moving to agricultural feed," Wubbolts said.

Project Liberty will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalks annually to eventually produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. 

Members of the public had the chance to tour the plant and say it was an honor to have the Dutch King there for the celebration. 

After the United States, The Netherlands is the second largest agricultural exporter in the world. 
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