Here’s a thought. I’ve been looking overseas at small pellet plants for about a year now. There is a lot of junk coming out of China but there is also some pretty good products and the trick is to sort out one from the other. For instance, there is a company in the US called Pellet Pro that sells an imported small pellet- making machine. I know someone who bought one and it was total junk. I also have seen several good machines coming out of China that made pellets. Anyway, I have found a company that sells what they call a small pellet plant that will produce from 250 lbs. To 1000 lbs. of pellets per hour (they also make larger plants too). This consists of a grinder, a drier, a pellet maker, and a cooler. I have been talking to a rep from this company for about a year now and the machine sounds pretty good. He has sent me pictures of the equipment and quite a bit of info on it. He is also telling me that if I use dry hay, I will not need the drier. I have a farm in central Maine and I cut about 221,000 lbs. of hay per year. I have been talking to a pellet mill near me about selling them hay. (I think I will need to re-seed my fields to Switch Grass) For those of you that are unfamiliar with Switch Grass, pellets made from this grass burn hotter that wood pellets but they also have more ash. I do not see this as much of a problem because there is so little ash with wood pellets if these grass pellets put out say 1/3 more ash we are still talking a very small amount of ash. Anyway I’m wondering if it would be feasible to form some type of co-op or something where people could invest into the machinery and then get switch grass fuel pellets for about ½ what they pay for pellets retail. Or even less if they wanted to help run the machinery too. I figure if enough people were willing to put up a little capital it would not take a whole lot to buy into something like this. What’s in it for me? I would have a ready outlet to sell my hay right on my farm and get a good price for it. If I can sell more hay than I currently produce I could cut more hay near my farm and increase my on farm income. Besides that I will be getting my own fuel pellets out of my own hay for just what I have invested in equipment and my time. I currently also have rentals that I supply heat to. My fuel costs to heat these buildings would be reduced substantially if I use my own hay. Also if this worked on my farm it could work on other farms and is could have a very positive impact on farms state wide. Your thoughts are welcome.