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[GreenYes] Fla Instead of throwing tree limbs into landfills


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Instead of throwing tree limbs and other vegetation into
landfills following hurricanes, Floridians may be able to turn the debris into
ethanol, state Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Thursday.
Broson's agency brought up the issue at the state's first Farm to Fuel
Summit, a two day event that ends Friday. Agriculture leaders and researchers are
discussing how the industry can help with the development of alternative
fuels.
State leaders will take ideas from the conference and work with researchers
from the University of Florida and elsewhere to build a plant designed to turn
biomass into fuel, Bronson said.
"We are convinced we are the largest biomass producing state in the country.
Because of our weather conditions, our rain, we can double and triple our
crop in a year," he said.
Hurricane debris could also be processed for use in cellulosic biomass
ethanol production, he said.
Gale Buchanan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for
research, education and economics, told those who attended the conference that he
believes biofuels will impact agriculture more than any other development in
the last 150 years.

Enjoy : ) Leonard





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