USDA To Plant Giant Miscanthus Grass In Biofuel Project

Posted by Harvest Dream on Wednesday, June 15. 2011 in Economy, Energy, Food Security, Peak Oil, Politics, USA



Source: Reuters - June 15, 2011

According to a press release from the Department of Agriculture government website, the USDA has announced four more projects that will increase and promote crop production for renewable energy. The four projects are part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program through the USDA and will include cropland in four different states, including Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

The cropland in the four states will be used to produce giant miscanthus, a hybrid grass that grows during warm seasons. This plant is ideal for biofuel production because of the large amount of biomass resulting per energy input into growing the crop. It is also currently grown and used in the European Union, especially England, for bedding, heat and electricity production, according to a paper from the University of Illinois Extension website. It is also becoming popular in Japan and China, which is where the plant is native to.
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