Sunday, December 26, 2010


Switchgrass As Biofuel

A new program to explore the viability of biofuels is seeking to establish 700 acres of switchgrass fields and is offering financial assistance to Kentucky farmers.

The project follows another that began in 2007. That study established 20 research plots of switchgrass in the Buffalo Trace area and in Mason, Lewis, Bracken, Robertson and Fleming counties.

The Ledger Independent in Maysville reports that the Natural Resources Conservation Service is also offering funding assistance to farmers who are interested in planting switchgrass.

That program offers the producer a conservation payment of about $354. They will also receive another $100 per acre from the new switchgrass program once the crop has been harvested.

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