A new business is emerging in rural Wayne County. A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held for Keutzer Farms Hard Wood Pellets. Keutzer will make pellets that can be used as a fuel in stoves.
These would be the same type of pellets that you can purchase at local hardware stores, often in 40 pound bags. Keutzer plans to make the pellets out of sawdust to start with, and may eventually expand and use soybean stubble or switchgrass for making the pellets. According to the owner, Virgil Keutzer, he can either bag the pellets in any size bag you would want, or you could buy them in bulk.
The fuel pellet project was partially funded through a Natural Resource Based Business Opportunity Grant in which the funds were obtained through the Chariton Valley Resource Conservation & Development.
The pellet operation is based at the Keutzer Farm in rural Wayne County. For more information on the pellet operation, contact Virgil Keutzer at (641) 203-3218.