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Published August 09, 2011, 09:04 AM

Center recommends 4 alternative fuel projects

PIERRE, S.D. — A research center based at South Dakota State University is recommending federal funding for four projects that would study the use of various plants for producing ethanol or other biofuels.

PIERRE, S.D. — A research center based at South Dakota State University is recommending federal funding for four projects that would study the use of various plants for producing ethanol or other biofuels.

Officials at the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center say the projects would mesh with existing research into the production of biofuels. The U.S. Energy Department must give final approval before the projects can start.

The four projects would use plants such as perennial grass and woody perennials to make biofuel.

One project would look into using winter rye for biofuels. The rye would be planted after corn is picked in the fall and then harvested before soybeans are planted in the same ground the next spring.

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