Biomass Crop Assistance Program Expanded
Jannette Pippin (JDNews) Eastern North Carolina farmers have an opportunity to get involved in growing renewable energy crops for fuel and power through a program that will help pay planting and other start-up costs.
USDA Farm Service Agency is expanding the Biomass Crop Assistance Program into an 11-county project area, including Onslow, Duplin, Jones and Pender counties, to help spark rural economic development and recruit prospective growers to establish the crops for use as renewable biofuels.
“The idea is to get farmers in the area to start growing energy crops,” said Craig Patterson, manager of commercial operations for REPREVE Renewables LLC, a partner in the project.
REPREVE Renewables is the exclusive global supplier of Freedom giant miscanthus, one of the highest yielding biomass crops available, and will provide planting material and services to BCAP growers in the area.
According to the project announcement, USDA/FSA plans to invest nearly $4 million in crop establishment and annual payments to growers of Freedom giant miscanthus as well as switchgrass.
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