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Published March 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Planting biomass crop

Before the 12,000 seedlings can start growing at the Central Lakes Ag and Alternative Energy Center near Staples, there is much to do.

Before the 12,000 seedlings can start growing at the Central Lakes Ag and Alternative Energy Center near Staples, there is much to do. Miscanthus sprouts were put into containers by horticulture students in the greenhouse at Central Lakes College, Brainerd. Miscanthus grows quickly on marginal soil and may be harvested as a source for biofuel. Research continues on several grasses and also sweet sorghum that could become standard fuel in farm machinery, earth-moving equipment, and other motor vehicles. The college is a partner with university experts and local growers interested in an alternative to fossil fuel without tapping food-oriented resources such as corn.

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