06 May '11, 4pm

USDA Establishes 50,000 Acres for Biofuels Crops in Missouri, Kansas

The US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would designate 39 contiguous counties in Missouri and Kansas - 50,000 acres - for the production of dedicated biofuels crops, native grasses and herbaceous plants. This is the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program Project Area in the US - its purpose is to promote production of dedicated feedstocks for electricity, heat generation and transportation fuels. Farmers will plant mixes of perennial native plants, such as switchgrass, for the manufacture of biomass pellet fuels. and other biomass products to be used for power and heat generation. The proposed crops also will provide long term resource conserving vegetative cover. In his announcement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the project will help spur the development of next-generation biofuels, which is part of Obama Administration efforts to protect Americans from r...

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