September 15, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Lincolnland Agri-Energy began production at their ethanol plant near Palestine, Illinois. Illinois now has six operating ethanol plants. Lincolnland Agri-Energy will process more than 15 million bushels of corn into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 128,000 tons of distillers grains annually. Fagen, the Granite Falls, Minnesota design-build contractor, is overseeing the construction and will incorporate a process design provided by ICM, Inc. of Colwich, Kansas. Currently, 81 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce over 3.4 billion gallons annually. There are 10 ethanol plants currently under construction in the U.S. Lincolnland Agri-Energy will provide a major boost to the Palestine-area economy, said Bob Dinneen, RFA president. He expects the facility will bring about higher corn prices, new jobs and greater economic activity to the area.