If you decide to make your own fuel, many forms of agricultural biomass can serve as feedstock.
PHOTO: AP PHOTO/STEVE POPE
For small producers, the best choices as ethanol feedstocks are crops with a lot of starch or sugar, such as corn (shown above) or sugar beets.
Turning plants into fuel! A small roller press crushes sorghum cane to extract the juices for fermentation.
An agitation vat breaks down grain into a fermentable form.
A homemade small-batch fuel ethanol still at West Orchards in Missouri.
The costs to make your own alcohol fuel.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors