Kentucky officials see economic benefits in biomass

FRANKFORT, KY — If Kentucky could develop a full-scale system to produce grasses, grains and wood products for conversion to transportation and power-plant fuel, it could pump $1.3 billion or more into the pockets of farmers and woodland owners, a state official said Wednesday.

There are obstacles to putting such a biomass and biofuels industry in place, but it also represents a great potential opportunity, members of a task force studying the issue said.

"We certainly see the project as something very, very important to agriculture," said Mark Haney, who operates a large apple orchard in Pulaski County and is president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

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