USDA awards $10M for bioenergy, biobased R&D

| December 17, 2012

In Michigan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a visit to Michigan State University, announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). which supports work in six priority areas: plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities.

Projects were awarded in four areas: 1) policy options for and impacts on regional biofuels production systems, 2) impacts of regional bioenergy feedstock production systems on wildlife and pollinators, 3) socioeconomic impacts of biofuels on rural communities, and 4) environmental implications of direct and indirect land use change.

Fiscal year 2012 awards include:

• University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., $36,000
• Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., $350,000
• University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $345,689
• University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $496,996
• University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $497,851
• Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, $493,210
• University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $499,009
• University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $350,000
• Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich., $349,695
• University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $498,786
• University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $349,996
• Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss., $273,120
• University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., $499,447
• Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., $94,258
• Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J., $349,963
• Duke University, Durham, N.C., $349,084
• University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., $466,534
• Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $349,624
• Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., $149,977
• Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., $348,959
• Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., $50,000
• University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., $350,000
• Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $255,972
• Texas AgriLife Extension, College Station, Texas, $499,619
• Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $349,993
• West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V., $349,952
• University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., $496,109
• University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., $345,327
• USDA Agricultural Research Service, Peoria, Ill., $500,000

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