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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday 10 projects tawarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products.
The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and accelerate development of new clean energy technologies to decrease dependence on foreign oil.
“Innovative research is a critical link to stimulating rural economies and creating jobs across America,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These awards are part of the administration’s ‘all of the above’ energy policy. These projects will not only support our efforts to provide a sustainable and domestic energy source for the nation, but also improve the lives of rural residents.”
“Biofuels and bio-based products offer the potential of homegrown American resources that can reduce our dependence on imported oil and also cut carbon emissions,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “This advanced research is helping us to lay the groundwork for biomass as an important part of the low-carbon future.”
For the complete story, see the July 17 print edition of the Richmond News.