Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sorghum's Biofuel Potential Explored at Workshop

sorghum ethanol biofuelsSorghum's potential as a biofuel crop will be explored at the International Workshop on Sorghum for Biofuels which begins today in Houston, Texas.

More than 100 international experts from government, academia, the private sector and the agricultural community are expected to participate in the conference.

U.S. co-sponsors of the event include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Texas A&M University, and the National Sorghum Producers.

Other co-sponsors include Brazil’s Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, and Tsinghua University, which is located in the Peoples’ Republic of China.
“U.S. consumers know that we need to develop new sources of energy to meet our transportation needs,” said USDA REE Under Secretary Gale A. Buchanan. “Growing sorghum for bioenergy production can give us a source of renewable—and profitable—energy right here at home.”
Sorghum is attracting greater interest as a bioenergy crop because it is tolerant of drought and grows well on marginal lands not suitable for most other crops. It produces high yields even after an abbreviated production cycle, and requires minimal amounts of fertilizer and irrigation.

Source: USDA

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