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USDA announces $80M for Washington-led research

28 September 2011 – AP – Seattle PI

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state’s two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest residues into biofuels.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Major Investments to Spur Innovation and Job Creation in Research, Development and Production of Next Generation Biofuels

28 September 2011 – USDA News Release

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year program will deliver more than $136 million in research and development grants to public and private sector partners in 22 states.

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Weyerhaeuser Announces Participation In Jet Biofuel Research

28 September 2011 – Weyerhaeuser Press Release

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced that it is a participant in the portion of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance consortium led by Washington State University to study the feasibility of producing jet biofuel from woody feedstocks in the Pacific Northwest.

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Gevo Awarded $5 Million to Develop Cellulosic Jet Fuel

28 September 2011 – Gevo Press Release

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of biojet fuel from woody biomass and forest product residues. The award is a portion of a $40 million grant presented to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a consortium led by Washington State University (WSU).

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GreenWood Resources and Partners Awarded Two $40 million Bio-energy Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

28 September 2011 – GreenWood Resources Press Release

GreenWood Resources (GWR), a worldwide leader in hybrid poplar management for multiple wood markets and environmental services headquartered in Portland, announced today that it is taking part in two $40 million grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of hybrid poplar bio- energy crops for the region’s renewable transportation fuels industry. In the first of the two awards, GWR will participate in a consortium led by the University …more

NW biofuels coming of age with $80 million in separate projects led by UW, WSU

28 September 2011 – UWToday

The University of Washington and Washington State University are leads for two separate grants of $40 million each that will use Pacific Northwest woody biomass to expand what’s been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and northern California.

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