USDA recently named additional states that will participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, designed to expand the availability of non-food crops to be used for liquid biofuels.
The projects — which will be implemented in California, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington — will create more than 3,400 jobs (estimated) and, when fully operational, produce more than two million gallons of biofuels annually.
According to Secretary Vilsack, the Obama Administration is committed to providing financial opportunities to rural communities, farmers and ranchers to produce biomass which will be converted to renewable fuels and increase America’s energy independence. In all, about 51,000 acres are targeted to be enrolled in California, Montana, Washington and Oregon, and will grow camelina, an oilseed. Camelina is a rotation crop for wheat that can be established on marginally productive land. It is an ideal jet fuel substitute.
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