ROCKFORD, Wash. -- A group of local farmers are working on a project that they hope will turn straw into fuel.
It started with Rockfield farmers trying to make use of their straw after the seed is harvested and they teamed up with an agriculture research center.
David Gady said his grass seed farm on Harvard Road is expensive and he’s hoping to change that. Gady is in the middle of an experiment taking left over straw from his harvest and running in through a machine. He hopes that one day it will save everyone money on fuel costs.
“Having a system like this you can generate your own electricity, maybe make your own fuel,” said Gady.
He and a few other farmers have built a reactor that can turn straw into gas. It cooks the straw then the gas helps power a generator.
Gady said the reactor can help in other ways as well. Ash left over from the process can be used in soil.
The $1.5 million project is ongoing but he’s hoping research will help other farmers down the road.