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Media Advisory No. 5098.11
Office of Communications
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Senator Blunt Host Media Conference Call to Announce the Establishment of Biomass Production Areas in Missouri
Projects will promote renewable energy development, create jobs, and help build a clean energy economy
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2011— TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be joined by Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri to announce the establishment of two Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in Missouri. These project areas will set aside acres to grow crops that will be processed into renewable energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products.
In addition to Missouri, project areas will also be established in Ohio, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. In these project areas, producers can reap financial benefits by growing giant miscanthus, a sterile hybrid warm-season grass that is cultivated through the planting of rhizomes in open fields. Industry estimates show that these project areas and conversion facilities would earn about $50 million per year and create nearly 4,000 jobs by 2014.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
11:15 a.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Senator Roy Blunt host media conference call to announce 2 BCAP project areas in Missouri.
DIAL IN: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.
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