HTF - Siouxland ethanol tour

HTF - Siouxland ethanol tour

You know it's the cheapest alternative when filling your tank, but do you know how it's created?

A group of students from a South Sioux City elementary got a chance to learn how ethanol is made this week, by taking a tour of Siouxland Ethanol, outside of Jackson, NE.

"These are farmers that grow corn just around this area, about 50 miles from here or even closer," said Pam Miller, who sits on the Siouxland Ethanol board, giving the fifth graders a tour of the facility.

The students, from Harney Elementary in South Sioux, visited Siouxland Ethanol to get a first-hand look at how ethanol is made.

The trip was made possible by South Sioux City's "Adopt-A-Classroom" program.

But, the visit wasn't just a look at ethanol production, the kids got a look at careers in manufacturing, too.

"A lot of good jobs and well paying jobs, and they had great questions about that," said Miller. "They were very interested in what the different people did for college, training and where it took them."

"I think they really liked the hands on part, they were able to touch the distiller's grain, the dry distiller's grain," said Miller. "They were able to remember and apply what we taught them about the process."

One of the kids got to fill Miller's car with E-30 ethanol fuel at Jackson Express.

Miller then used the money she saved to buy each kid a cookie.

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