WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $482,448 to The Ohio State University (OSU) to improve biofuels technology. The investment will go toward research that will help make next generation biofuels a reality. The research will focus on ways to use existing biofuel facilities and farm equipment to simultaneously harvest corn and extract biomass material to produce renewable biofuel.
“Ohio is already a national leader in biofuel production and research,” Brown said. “This funding will help OSU find alternative technologies that will help Ohio farmers expand their operations, reduce imports of foreign oil, and create jobs.”
Brown helped secure funding for NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) in the 2014 Farm Bill. Brown will continue to advocate for NIFA and research programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.