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Universities Receive $10 Million from USDA for Bioenergy Research

chris sandler 01/07/2013 @ 12:39pm Just a guy who lives in Maine, has friends, has family, and has a good time.


According to a 
news release from the USDA, $10 million has been awarded in research grants to 29 U.Suniversity bioenergy research programsThe grants are reportedly intended to spur the production and use of biobased products in an effort to create jobs, sustain natural resources, and reduce U.Sdependence on foreign resources.

The USDA reported that the long-term goal for research projects is to implement sustainable regional biofuel systems that meet the Energy Independence and Security Act goal of 36 billion gallons of biofuels per year by 2022The 2012 fiscal year university grant recipients were selected based on the research of potential policy options for biofuel production systems, how the systems might impact the environment, what socioeconomic impacts biofuel systems would have on rural communities, and what kinds of environmental implications would be involved.

According to the USDA, this grant is part of the Obama Administration’s initiatives to create new markets for agricultural products as a way of strengthening the rural economy

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