5/16/2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praised Agrivida's efforts to lower the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol from sorghum, corn stover and switchgrass. Federal investments in the research and development of next-generation biofuels will help create jobs and curb the country's reliance on fossil fuels, Vilsack said. "As we get to the point where we can make [cellulosic ethanol] cost-effective and cost-competitive with oil, you're going to see an opportunity for this country to innovate itself away from fossil fuels," Vilsack added.

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