Today’s Topic: Bioenergy grants available

By on September 12, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is accepting grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production.

The General Assembly approved $1 million for the program in the 2017-18 budget. About $242,000 has been committed to multi-year projects that were started with last year’s grant cycle, which means almost $758,000 is available for new and existing projects.

These grants are designed to help projects that boost energy production from North Carolina agricultural and forestry products, offer new opportunities for agribusiness development and support cooperative research for bioenergy production. Projects can focus on production and harvesting methods and plant-variety work.

Individual applications should not exceed $150,000 in direct funding from the program. Special consideration may be given to multi-year projects that warrant funding greater than $150,000.

The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 29. For a grant application or more information, contact Allison Medlin with the N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative at 919-693-2483 or go to www.ncagr.gov/bioenergy.

Click on the link below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about this grant program.

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