Feds Plan Biomass Projects in Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department is announcing new projects that will turn tall grass into fuel and have the potential to bring 4,000 jobs to Ohio, Arkansas and Missouri.
Agriculture officials are planning to spend $5.7 million this year to enroll farmers in seven counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania to grow the hybrid grass that can grow up to 13 feet high.
The USDA said Wednesday that Cleveland-based Aloterra Energy will operate a biomass plant in northeast Ohio that could create as many as 1,200 jobs.
Two more projects are going to central and southwest Missouri while another one will be put in northeast Arkansas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the grass can be turned into energy and used for heat, power and biofuels.