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Backers of a proposed local project to manufacture anhydrous ammonia fertilizer see potential in corn fields. The biomass can be harnessed to make anhydrous ammonia, creating a regional supply chain and reducing reliance on outside sources. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Project would turn local biomass into anhydrous ammonia for fertilizing crops

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When they look at a cornfield or a bale of old hay, backers of a local anhydrous ammonia initiative don't see stalks and silage. They see potential. A multimillion-dollar project is under way to produce anhydrous ammonia fertilizer in Kandiyohi County by harnessing local biomass.

The project is still far from "a done deal," said Cathy Keuseman, agriculture and renewable energy specialist with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission.

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