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April 17, 2002

USDA Funds Biomass Projects in Illinois, Oklahoma

Farmers in Illinois and Oklahoma will soon be growing switchgrass that will help fuel their local power plants, thanks to new funding announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in late March. The Illinois project, located near the town of Havana, will convert the switchgrass into pellets that will be burned along with coal. In Oklahoma, Old World Bluestem grass and some native grasses will be collected from a five-county part of the panhandle. The project will work to find markets for the biomass and will also try combining the pelletized grass with the state's high-sulfur coal to produce a cleaner-burning product. See the USDA press release.