Spotlight on Sponsor: Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC.

arial-arkalonThe AirFair would like to thank our generous sponsor Conestoga Energy for making this year’s show possible. Conestoga has been in Liberal since 2005 and produces one hundred million gallons of Ethanol per year. They are a great supporter of the Liberal Community having sponsored The Seward County Health Fair, Red Stocking Breakfast, The International Pancake Race, and much more.

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Conestoga Energy Partners is one of the leading producers and marketers of low-carbon renewable fuels in Kansas. We manage and operate three ethanol production facilities located in Kansas and Texas, with a combined production capacity of over 200 million gallons per year.

The plants are located in close proximity to our customers, which gives us the ability to produce and sell Wet Distillers Grain (WDG) and avoid the expensive drying process. Each plant therefore consumes less natural gas than the industry standard. Our transportion costs are also lower than for plants located in the Midwest. As a result, Conestoga Energy’s carbon footprint is among the lowest in the ethanol industry.


Ethanol is a rapidly-booming industry, and its success continues to counter misinformation. Here are the top myths about ethanol, and the facts to set them straight:

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Conestoga Complete oversees all aspects of the marketing, sales, delivery and billing of the 1.3 million tons of Wet Distiller’s grains (WDG) produced at these facilities. All WDG grains are delivered by Conestoga Logistics on end-dump or live bottom trailers.

From the Leader and Times:

The largest ethanol plant in Kansas is located in Seward County, and Conestoga Energy CEO Tom Willis attempted to set the record straight on some of the misperceptions about ethanol Thursday night in a presentation to the We the People group that met at the Mid-America Air Museum.
One of the claims against ethanol is that it will put a strain on the food supply by using corn and milo.
Willis said ethanol only extracts the starch from the corn and that cows cannot digest the starch.

Tom Willis, CEO of Conestoga Energy, listens to questions about ethanol at the We the People meeting Thursday at the Mid-America Air Museum. We the People invites political and business leaders to discuss issues facing the region, state and nation. Willis explained the misconceptions about ethanol and how the renewable energy source can help meet a portion of the nation’s need. L&T photo/Earl Watt

“Whatever starch goes in the front end comes out the other side,” he said. “Ethanol uses the starch, which would have become high-grade fertilizer, and the cow gets the rest.”
And, the feed is sold to the cattle feeder for 85 percent of the cost of regular feed.
“The idea that we are taking food away doesn’t add up,” Willis said. “The facts don’t support it.”
Willis also said that the oil industry provided some food suppliers $20 million to fund an anti-ethanol campaign because ethanol could reduce a percentage of sales from oil.
And while some blame rising corn prices ethanol, Willis pointed out that it had little effect on the price at the store. What did have an effect, Willis said, was the shipping cost to get the product on the shelf.
According to Willis, a semi truck full of corn flakes has about $175 worth of corn. But to ship it the average 1,500 miles to the store costs more than $500.
Another misperception about ethanol was that it was using up the water supply.
Willis pointed to other industries that used more water in their production processes than ethanol.
“It takes three gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol,” Willis said. “It also takes three gallons of water to produce one pound of hamburger.” Read full article and the leader and times.


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