USDA issues grants for sustainable bioenergy production
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
AFRI is NIFA's flagship competitive grant program and was established under the 2008 Farm Bill. AFRI 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.
Each award was made through a competitive selection process. An external peer review panel reviewed all proposals and made award decisions based on scientific merit to the best and brightest scientists across the nation.
The ISU report, Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation, shows that "the history of biobased automobile parts begins early in the development of automobiles themselves. During the 1930s, automobile pioneer Henry Ford began developing soy-based automobile parts."
The report goes on to highlight how a variety of U.S. automobile manufacturers are showing a greater commitment to exploring biobased options, and provides a variety of resources for policymakers and other decision-makers interested in exploring the issue.
Creating new markets for the nation's agricultural products through biobased manufacturing is one of the many steps the Obama Administration has taken over the past four years to strengthen the rural economy.
Since August 2011, the White House Rural Council has supported a broad spectrum of rural initiatives including a Presidential Memorandum to create jobs in rural America through biobased and sustainable product procurement; a $350 million commitment in SBA funding to rural small businesses over the next 5 years; launching a series of conferences to connect investors with rural start-ups; creating capital marketing teams to pitch federal funding opportunities to private investors interested in making rural connections; and making job search information available at 2,800 local USDA offices nationwide.