A new product will benefit the environment and economy in Clay County.
Clay City Feed and Grain had a media day to promote soy diesel, a diesel fuel made from soybeans that can be used in diesel cars and trucks, tractors and school buses because soybeans contain a high quality of protein and oil. The fuel is being tested this fall in buses driven by Marshall Nuckolls of the Shakamak School District and Judy Morrison of the Sullivan Co. School District.
Dick Culler of RDC Farms and Clay City Feed and Grain is the coordinator behind a new company Eel River Soybean Co. Op., that would produce this fuel along with a variety of food products for animal and human consumption, candles, hand lotions, and soaps. The facility will be placed somewhere near U.S. 41 due to the need of a highway and a railroad and will potentially employ 20-25 people.
The soybean diesel complies with the 2006 Clean Air Act because it burns cleaner than standard fuel. Culler is currently working with state legislators to pass legislation involving tax credits that would benefit the area and its growers across the state and would also make the program effective, profitable and affordable. He is also contacting growers, interested parties to act as investors, the USDA, banks, and school bus drivers to get the project up and running.
Culler says; "Our goal is to have a facility up and running by the fall of 2006 to coincide with the Clean Air Act."