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Schwartz Applauds $7 Million Investment in Biofuel Research

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz applauded the Department of Agriculture's $7 million award to the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA.

Today, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Renmatix, a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility located in King of Prussia, to announce $25 million in awards through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Biomass Research and Development Initiative. These awards include almost $7 million for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor to develop an on-the-farm distributed technology for converting forest residues, horse manure, switchgrass and other perennial grasses into biofuels and high-value specialty chemicals.

"To ensure our economic competitiveness, America must be at the forefront of producing next generation energy sources," Schwartz said. "This investment will accelerate the development of biofuels, support good-paying jobs, and move our country toward cleaner energy options."

Schwartz has long championed biofuels. She previously introduced the GREEN JOB (Grow Renewable Energy Economy Now, Jumpstart Other Biofuels) Act to encourage the next generation of biofuels or fuels made from living things such as plants and algae. She also supported the 2008 Farm Bill, which created the Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

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