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The Center for Native Grasslands Management




Title: Developing and evaluating switchgrass as a bioenergy crop
Year: 2000
Author(s): McLaughlin, S. B., Walsh, M. E.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 209-211
Original Publication:  
Abstract: The utilization of energy crops produced on American farms as a source of renewable fuels is a concept with great relevance to current ecological and economic issues at both national and global scales. Development of a significant national capacity to utilize perennial forage crops, such as switchgrass as biofuels could benefit our agricultural economy by providing an important new source of income for farmers. In addition, energy production from perennial cropping systems, which are compatible with conventional farming practices, would help reduce degradation of agricultural soils, lower national dependence on foreign oil supplies, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants to the atmosphere.
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD
Editor(s): J. R. Ritchie
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