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Drought Hurts Ethanol Production

MACON, MO — POET Biorefining, which operates an ethanol production plant here, is suspending production Feb. 1. Company officials say the extended drought has made it almost impossible to get enough corn to make the alternative fuel. The firm plans to keep its Macon facility open and all 44 employees will keep working as the company moves ahead with $14.5 million in plant upgrades. Workers will use the down time

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