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RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production as well as new and emerging crops.

“We are excited that the North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative will offer $1 million in competitive grants for projects focused on bioenergy and the production of exciting new crops,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Our state’s investment in agricultural research has helped maintain agriculture and agribusiness’ strength as the leading industry in the state. Bio-based industries and new emerging crops and products offer opportunities to increase N.C. farm income.”

High consideration will be given to projects that focus on crop production in either the field or forest that will provide feedstock for bioenergy-related technologies, potential edible crops, new adaptations of crops and economic analysis. Projects can focus on production and harvesting methods and plant variety work, including:

  • Genetic improvement and selection.
  • Identification of crops with economic potential.
  • Weed management.
  • Harvest management such as methods, timing, transportation and storage.
  • Stand management such as renovation for productivity, planting dates, crop management and eradication when necessary.
  • New species with bioenergy potential.
  • Education and demonstration.
  • Economic analysis and enterprise budgeting.
  • Innovative uses of biomass for energy.

For a copy of the grant application and additional information, go to the Bioenergy Research Initiative website at www.ncagr.gov/bioenergy/Grants.  Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 8. For more information, contact Allison Medlin, at allison.medlin@ncagr.gov or at 919-693-2483.

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