Biofuels to benefit state
Daily News Staff Report
Louisiana has been a national leader in energy for generations, said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. regarding biofuels. Louisiana’s vast natural resources – including crude oil and natural gas – help power a state economy that is outperforming the national average in terms of unemployment rates. However, many do not realize that Louisiana’s strong agriculture and forestry industries have also primed the state to be a national leader in new forms of energy – such as advanced biofuels.
The Louisiana State University recently announced it has received a five-year, $17.2 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, paving the way for the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute to open a pilot plant in St. Gabriel. The new facility is designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts like sweet sorghum, energy cane and other grassy feedstocks. Developments like this will grow the state’s biofuels sector by utilizing existing infrastructure, open the door to expansion within the sector, and position Louisiana as a national leader in advanced biofuels production.
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