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A Corn Silo in the Nations Capital

Thanks to help from a Hutchinson, Minn., company, a Washington, D.C., suburb on Monday unveiled what is believed to be the first-ever urban grain silo. It stores corn for burning in home-heating stoves.

Under a unique public-private partnership, a dozen families who formed a co-op in Takoma Park, Md., now have easy access to clean, renewable corn fuel.

American Energy Systems, maker of the stove model that most of the co-op members use, provided a $3,000 grant to help pay for the 21-ton silo. The residents approached President Mike Haefner last spring, suggesting that he would sell many more stoves if he helped provide convenient access to the storage of corn.

A Maryland corn stove distributor and an environmental group also gave smaller grants toward the purchase. The City of Takoma Park permitted the silo to be placed at the public works compound.

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