The North Dakota Ethanol Council is excited to be a star partner with the North Dakota FFA Foundation. As part of its partnership, NDEC is offering ethanol facility tours to students and educators to showcase job opportunities, contributions to rural economies, and the science behind ethanol production. Learn more below.
Who: North Dakota’s six ethanol plants welcome tours. These include Blue Flint Ethanol, Underwood; Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, Spiritwood; Hankinson Renewable Energy, LLC, Hankinson; Red River Biorefinery, Grand Forks; Red Trail Energy, LLC, Richardton; and Tharaldson Ethanol, Casselton.
What: A one-hour tour and discussion with students and educators at the facility of your choice. In addition to the tour, plant representatives will cover topics such as careers, impact on the state’s economy and how ethanol is made. Proper dress at all facilities is required - full length pants and closed toe shoes.
When: Tours can be done anytime throughout the school year. If chapters are traveling to state or national convention, stop on your way. Or, make it a field trip and invite the science class to come along as well.
Why: Learn more about the industry that connects agriculture and energy. Ethanol plants use 40-60 percent of North Dakota’s corn, contribute $623 million to the state’s economy, and hire 275 people directly in rural communities.