When we first heard several months ago that a group of local farmers were pursuing plans to make sure sugar cane a staple crop in the Valley, we strongly supported the idea. At the time they were talking about all the possible uses of sugar cane, and how it could be a "green crop" — one not requiring field burnings. They talked about the economic benefit of a sugar cane crop and it sounded good.
Today, it sounds even better.
Those farmers have formed a group called Imperial Bioresources LLC, and they have firm plans that call not only for growing sugar cane but for using the cane to produce ethanol, a valuable fuel resource. Their plans call for expanding the Holly Sugar plant, creating new jobs and adding to the economic development in the Imperial Valley.
All those involved in the project deserve praise because they are forward thinking. Sure, they are likely thinking about a way to increase their own profits, but it is their effort that is going to benefit us all.