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Delaware farmers pin hopes on biodiesel

(Monday, May 5, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Delaware farmers are hoping that a $60,000 federal grant being used to study the feasibility of buiding a biodiesel production plant in the state will lead to another market for their soybeans, which are the main ingredient in biodiesel. Soybeans are the number one agricultural crop in Delaware.

"Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel made from animal fat or vegetable oil -- anything from used restaurant grease to virgin soybean oil. Glycerin is removed from the fat or oil and the resulting methyl esters are used for biodiesel, while the glycerin is sold for use in drugs, cosmetics and other products," according to the Associated Press.

Naitonal biodiesel sales have increased from 500,000 gallons in 1999 to 15 million gallons in in 2002, according to the National Biodiesel Board in Jefferson City, Missouri.

See the full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Farm-Scene.html