Successful Turnout for Corn Stover Baling Demonstrations Hosted by The
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative
November 10, 2016
Despite being ideal harvest weather an impressive number of farmers were in attendance to find out more about a new co-operative business opportunity in southwestern Ontario. The Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) hosted two corn stover baling demonstrations at Brad Goodhill’s farm in Warwick Township on November 8 and Chuck Baresich’s farm in Bothwell on November 10.
Around 50 attendees came out on both days to show their support and interest towards the new Co-op. Attendees were able to see the equipment in operation that will be used to harvest material from their corn and wheat fields, and learn specifics of how to become a CSPC member.
“This is just the kick-off of getting this new co-operative formed and the processing plant built in the Sarnia area” stated Jim Campbell, General Manager of AGRIS Co-operative Ltd., and secretary of the CSPC Board.
“These demo days provided the Co-op and Producers with a unique, hands on opportunity to see just how the process of harvesting and collecting the corn stover will be handled. I think this contributes to the learning process and will only help us in our next step of signing up new members and moving this project forward. I look forward to meeting with all interested parties over the next several months” stated Jay Cunningham, Business Development Manager of CSPC.
Dave Park, President of CSPC and Director of Grain Farmers of Ontario stated, "with these demonstrations of baling corn stover, CSPC was able to show producers how we can add value to every acre of production signed up with the Co-operative."
“The trials went very well using the best equipment from Hiniker, AGCO and ProAg. The large square baler performed really well and the ProAg stacker was very efficient to create large stacks. Field support from Advantage Farm Equipment completed the demo trials” stated Charles Lalonde, biomass project coordinator for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
Further information meetings will be held on Tuesday, December 13 and Thursday December 15, 2016 where the details of the business plan will be reviewed in detail. (Time of the meetings will be posted on www.cspcoop.com)
For more information please contact:
John (Jay) Cunningham Business Development Manager,
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-Operative
CSPC is an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative that strives to develop new markets for crop residue materials and new business opportunities. By extracting cellulosic sugars from crop residues, farmers can explore new markets without having to compete for land. CSPC wants to establish a market in Ontario that puts a value on corn stover that will generate higher profits per acre. For more information, visit http://www.cspcoop.com.
About Comet Biorefining:
Comet Biorefining is a leading provider of sustainable, high-quality, cost-competitive cellulosic dextrose technology for applications in renewable biochemicals and biofuels. Comet Biorefining operates a demonstration scale plant in Rotondella, Italy, owned by ENEA - the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development. In February 2016, Comet Biorefining announced the construction of a 60 million pounds per year commercial sugar plant to come online in 2018. The company plans to build, own and operate its own plants and will strategically license its technology to select partners on a worldwide basis to meet the growing demand for bio-based products. For more information, visit http://www.cometbiorefining.com.
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