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A Minnesota nonprofit proposes facility to make chemicals from corn, sugar beets, even dandelions


March 16, 2023

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

Corn could become chemicals as the state spends $100 million on a new facility.

From dandelions to switchgrass to sugar beets, the crops and plant life on Minnesota's farm fields may power tomorrow's petrochemical alternatives. They may even be brewed up on a local campus under a newly unveiled bill at the Legislature.

That's if the state opts to pony up $100 million.

"Minnesota has some of the key features that are required to make this possible," said Douglas Friedman, CEO of BioMADE, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit partnership that includes Minnetonka-based Cargill and Maplewood-based 3M. "But we haven't been able to effectively commercialize them to the breadth of profitable companies."


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