University of Tennessee expands switchgrass program

By | August 10, 2009
The University of Tennessee has contracted with 38 farmers to grow 1,901 acres of switchgrass for its incentive program as part of its partnership with DuPont-Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC. This is the second growing season in the program 12 farmers participated last season. Farmers are being paid $450 per acre to plant the energy crop on their own land. The university provided seed and assistance with planting. Farmers will assume full responsibility for harvesting and baling the crop. The switchgrass will be used as feedstock at DuPont-Danisco's demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn.