Growing Local Demand: KyCorn Assists OZ Tyler Expansion
O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro is planning to triple production this fall, which will require 600 thousand additional bushels of local corn. KyCorn is assisting the expansion by providing a low-interest loan for grain storage and additional distilling equipment.
“Our job is to get Kentucky farmers a better price for their corn,” said KyCorn President and Daviess Co. farmer Richard Strode. “Using corn locally and not transporting it elsewhere is moving in the right direction.”
Strode also said that the distillery will be feeding the byproduct, distillers wet grains, to cattle on reclaimed land in Madisonville.
According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, local corn use has increased 65 percent over the past three years among its members. KyCorn will work to see that trend continue.