Farm Show Butter Sculpture Made Into Tractor Fuel 10/01/2008

Resourceful students from Pennnsylvania University will take the nearly 900 pounds of butter used in this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show and convert it into bio fuel that will run tractors and other farm equipment. The event’s famous butter sculpture will be scalloped into barrels and bought back to the University and State College Area High School. Glen Cauffman manager of Penn State’s farm operations says the 900 pounds of butter equates to 810 pounds of biofuel, roughly saving 377 dollars.

“One of the biggest tractors runs on 100 percent biofuel at Penn State,” said Cauffman. The tractor uses about five gallons per hour, so as Cauffman says, “The sculpture will give us about 23 hours of use for the tractor. It’s a neat metaphor showing biofuel’s potential.”

This also highlights the use of the farm tractor in planting corn to feed the dairy cows that produced the butter, which is then recycled into fuel. Which as Cauffman says “Brings a nice complete circle to life on the farm.”

This year the Farm Show’s butter sculpture, sponsored by Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, depicts a dairy cow with three students boarding a school bus.

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