News Date: 05/10/2011
Last week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Project Area dedicated to growing feedstock for bioenergy. The project area consists of 50,000 acres of land in 39 contiguous counties in Missouri and Kansas, and will grow native grasses, herbaceous and perennial plants, like switchgrass, that can be converted into next generation biofuels.
The project is a partnership between USDA and the Show Me Energy Cooperative in Centerview, Missouri. The cooperative's proposal was selected as a BCAP Project Area under the BCAP Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to provide incentives to produce biomass for heat, power and bio-based products and biofuels. For more information, click here. (Contact: Brad McKinney)
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