Where Is the Gevo Farm-to-Flight Program Located?

Gevo is estimating that about 435,000 corn acres are to be enrolled in its Farm-to-Flight program.

The project employs a carbon-inset model powered by proprietary Verity Tracking technology to measure, record, and verify greenhouse gas attributes.

This carbon-inset model will lie at the core of a program designed to monetize of carbon reduction, and will allow Gevo to incentivize farmers for the production and delivery of low carbon intensity corn. With this feedstock, Gevo expects to produce low-carbon-intensity ethanol to create sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is expected to help decarbonize aviation, a segment of the transportation sector that cannot be easily abated through electrification or hydrogen.

Gevo’s Farm-to-Flight Program is tied to a grant from the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, and the project has two goals:

  1. Create critical climate-smart market incentives for low carbon-intensity corn.
  2. Accelerate the production of sustainable fuel to reduce the dependence on fossil-based fuels.

Where is the program going to find all these acres to sign up? Right now, the Grower’s program is focusing its efforts on two areas.

Farms located in an area centered on Lake Preston, South Dakota, where Gevo’s Net-Zero 1 (NZ-1) facility is under development, and within an approximately 70-mile radius. This area encompasses approximately 440 square miles comprised of areas of Kingsbury, Beadle, Spink, Clark, Codington, Hamlin, Devel, Brookings, Moody, Lake, Miner, and Sanborn counties in South Dakota, and Rock and Prestone counties in Minnesota, and Lyon county in Iowa.

Lake Preston, South Dakota

An area centered on Council Bluffs, Iowa, where the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant is located, and within an approximately 70-mile radius. This area encompasses approximately 440 square miles comprised of areas of Pottawattamie, Cass, Shelby, Audubon, Harrison, Mills, Fremont, Montgomery, and Page counties in Iowa, and Douglas, Washington, Saunders, Dodge, Lancaster, Cass, and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska.

It’s important to note: Farmers that are interested in the Gevo Grower’s Program, should reach out to learn more about the program here.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR233A750004G076.

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