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A USDA official talked to Tifton farmers about forming a bio-fuel co-op

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May 19, 2008

Tifton -- Farmers looking for ways to save money on their rising fuel costs, may be able to work together to accomplish that goal.

Monday night, A US Department of Agriculture official talked to farmers in Tifton about how they could form a bio-fuel co-op.

They could pool resources to create a bio-fuel plant and use their own crops to make the product.

"With diesel prices at 4.20, 4.50 or whatever they are right now. To be able to reduce some costs, by being able to produce their own fuel, they are able to reduce their costs," said Craig Scroggs of the USDA's Rural Development.

Representatives from a bio-fuel company in Mitchell County also explained to farmers how they can use canola oil, soy beans, poultry fats and fryer oil to make fuel.

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