To increase farmer interest in regional barley production, Osage Bio Energy LLC is launching the Barley Bin Builder Yield Contest for the 2009 crop season following the groundbreaking of its first barley-based ethanol and protein feed bio-processing facility in Hopewell, Va.

Sponsored by Osage Bio Energy, Perdue AgriBusiness, and the Virginia Farm Bureau, the contest will award cash prizes by state to the farmer entries with the three highest barley yields per acre within a seven-state region. The top entry among the seven states will receive a Flex Fuel pickup truck as the grand prize.