Missouri’s first ethanol plant is officially open…in Macon. The ribbon cutting this weekend ends a five year devlopment effort. It’s run by more than 330 corn farmers who have formed a cooperative. In a few days, the plant will be squeezing 200-proof methanol out of corn and selling it to oil and pipeline companies to blend with gasoline. The plant cost 20-million dollars to build. Organizers expect it to turn out 15-million gallons a year.