Dominick Kamrath

Advanced natural resource students arrive at Heartland Corn Products ethanol plant for a field trip.

Students take a quick trip to Heartland Corn Products

Ethanol plants are not what most students expect

When filling your car, truck, SUV, or whatever vehicle you have with gas you know that there is ethanol within the gas. But do you know how ethanol is made? Where ethanol is made? Well, an advanced natural resources class from New Ulm High School went and found out. They visited Heartland Corn Products in Winthrop to find the answers to those questions.

The students arrived around 8:30 a.m. where they rounded up in the conference room and met two of the main heads of the company. The bosses of the plant explained the science and technological process of turning corn into ethanol. Both also explained serious safety protocols that the students must follow well in the ethanol plant. Then off they went to get a tour of the plant.

Advanced natural resource students head out to take a tour of Heartland Corn Products ethanol plant. (Dominick Kamrath)


The students got to see first-hand what it is like to work on an ethanol plant. They got to see all of the technology used to process and turn corn into ethanol. The students learned that the plant does not actually need a lot of workers for the plant to function, because the plant is run on almost 100% technology and is all controlled from the control room. This surprised most of the students and Kellen Bode even said, “I thought plants had like 100 people working on it at once like most factories.”

The Eagle Online • Copyright 2024 • FLEX WordPress Theme by SNOLog in

Comments (0)

All The Eagle Online Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *