If you were an ethanol plant in Ethanol Plant News Posted May 6, 2008 · Report reply DW, Interesting article. My dad was kind of a survivalist so I can relate. I'm wondering if things really go haywire, will stuff like the satellite phone work and will you be able to get pellets? After being used to the sweet lifestyle we've become accustomed to, would you be able to cope with one of just survival? I used to spend the summer on the farm here in Iowa with my cousins and loved it. One summer when I went back home to Virginia, I worked for our neighbor who farmed and also had some nice equipment but didn't use it the same as my cousins. For instance, he had a portable grinder/mixer that never left the feed shed. We'd grind the feed and then instead of going to the feeder, we'd put it in burlap bags on a flat rack and then go to the feeder. After a month of doing everything the hard way, and never going to town once, I thought that if the rest of my life was going to be like this, I'd rather check out early. I was 16 at the time. This guy's wife was an excellent cook so food was not an issue.