Today’s Topic: Bioenergy research grants available

by | Mar 18, 2014

Southern Farm Network logoAgriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production. A total of $500,000 in competitive grants is available and the application deadline is March 31.

The General Assembly approved funding last summer to boost energy production from North Carolina agricultural and forestry products. This will offer new opportunities for agribusiness development and support cooperative research for biofuels production.

The Bioenergy Research Initiative is part of the department’s Research Stations Division, and it’s located at the Oxford Tobacco Research Station.

There’s a long list of things that grant projects can focus on. Some of them are production and harvesting methods; establishment methods; weed management; nutrient uptake, usage and removal; harvest management; and new species with bioenergy potential.

For more information about this program or to request a grant application, contact Allison Medlin at 919-693-2483.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss bioenergy research in North Carolina.

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