POET Biorefining plants in Macon and Laddonia increased ethanol yields in 2019 leading to plans to expand products and services at both plants. POET Biorefining wants to put more of its ethanol on the rails with the addition of a new spur line at its Laddonia facility, General Manager Steve Murphy said. POET’s expenses are partially matched by a Freight Enhancement Grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation to construct a small secondary railroad branch, known as a spur, to decrease the amount of the flammable fuel that is shipped on the highways. Bids were opened Feb. 5 and winners are to be announced. The spur will be built along the south side of the Laddonia plant, parallel to existing lines, to handle the increased volume of gallons being sent out of state, such as California. The reason more ethanol is being sent to California is because there is a market for lower carbon fuels there, when compared to Missouri, he said. The Missouri Renewable Fuels Association is pushing for changes to the state‘s code of regulations with regard to ethanol. Murphy is the president of the association. “Unless E15 happens in Missouri, the market is already saturated at E1...