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CBC Finding New Ways to Make Ethanol.

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PASCO, Wash. - Columbia Basin College is finding new reasons why you should stay in Washington.

CBC is upgrading their agriculture department and looking into finding new ways to be more energy efficient.  They're finding new stock feeds that can produce ethanol.

Most ethanol in the country comes from corn but researchers at CBC are finding alfalfa, soy beans, peanuts and a variety of seeds can be used as well.

"If I was living in Iowa something, the place I would head to would be Washington. With all our of our dams, with all of our windmills, with all our potential for producing these crops, that would make us energy independent," says Tim Woodward, Dean of Agriculture, Education and Research.

Woodward also stresses the need for more and more students to study agriculture.  He says with the farming industry continually changing it's important to know your science.  Students will join in the research at the laboratory farms this fall.