USDA will award $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources.
"The advances made through this research will help to boost local economies throughout rural America, creating and sustaining good-paying jobs, while moving our nation toward a clean energy economy," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The funding includes $5,078,932 to Kansas State University for a project designed to make the oilseed crop camelina a cost-effective biofuel and bioproduct feedstock.
The projects are funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, established in the 2008 farm bill. The funded research will help increase the availability of alternative renewable fuels and biobased products to diversify the nation's energy resources.