[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Farmers in Missouri helped to open a local market for their corn when they invested in Mid-Missouri Energy (MME), the third ethanol plant to open in the state. A total of 729 agricultural producers own the Malta Bend-based company, according to MME General Manager Bill Gwaltney, and the plant began producing ethanol in February of this year. MME has the capacity to process 15 million bushels of corn into 45 million gallons of ethanol, and 120,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) annually. The plant has 35 employees, and should bring the state’s total ethanol production capacity to 105 million gallons a year. Currently, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, there are 82 ethanol plants nationwide with a capacity to produce nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. There are 16 ethanol plants and two major expansions under construction with a combined annual capacity of 740 million gallons.