Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, November 29, 2010

Grower frustration at slow progress on cellulosic biofuels
November 24, 2010By James Cartledge

Farmers are “ready and willing” to produce energy crops on under-used land, but are being frustrated by the slow progress of the federal support for new cellulosic biorefineries.

A new survey of US growers from crop developer Ceres, Inc., weighted to growers in the Southeast United States, showed that 71% were either very interested or interested in producing crops specifically for power or advanced biofuels production.

More than three quarters of farmers questioned in the survey this summer had under-utilized land available to use for energy grasses like switchgrass, sorghum and miscanthus.

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