A Minnesota nonprofit proposes facility to make chemicals from corn, sugar beets, even dandelions
March 16, 2023
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."