Congressman Holden Learns First Hand About Biofuel Initiatives at Penn State
In preparation for helping to author the 2007 Farm Bill as Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and as the Chairman of the Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research subcommittee, Congressman Holden received a briefing at Penn State's University Campus regarding cutting-edge biofuels research and other alternative energy technologies. The tour included presentations on microbial fuel cells, anaerobic manure digestion, and soy based bio-diesel. Congressman Holden felt that such a tour was critical for lawmakers involved with crafting the 2007 Farm Bill, which will guide federal agricultural programs and priorities for the next five years. "We need to lay the groundwork for making us less dependent on foreign oil for energy," the Congressman told a group of Penn State researchers and administrators.