Ethanol http://wunc.org en NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-researchers-develop-cheap-biofuel-production-without-touching-food-supply <p></p><p>As corn prices rise and ethanol production competes with food sources, the energy industry is looking for other ways to produce biofuels.</p><p></p><p>Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, efficient and inexpensive way to extract energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter, like corn husks, grasses, and wood chips.</p><p></p><p>PhD student Ezinne Achinivu &nbsp;says labs often run into trouble trying to remove a protective material called lignin. It's bonded to the cellulose, but hinders its efficiency.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:47:46 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28599 at http://wunc.org NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/us-ag-secretary-talks-biofuel-north-carolina <p>The U.S. Secretary of agriculture came to North Carolina to push a plan that may further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> USDA secretary Tom Vilsack stood outside the Biofuel Center of North Carolina in Oxford to encourage a new standard in domestically-produced fuel. Vilsack says an E-15 ethanol blend, 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, will not only further wean the country from foreign oil but also create jobs. Vilsack says this should be attractive to farm families.<br> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:10:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2609 at http://wunc.org US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Ethanol http://wunc.org/post/us-agriculture-secretary-tom-vilsack-ethanol <p></p><p>A manufacturing plant in Greensboro could benefit from a new push for ethanol fuel by the Obama Administration. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced cash incentives for gas stations who want to install pumps that provide different combinations of ethanol and gasoline. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 22:29:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 9098 at http://wunc.org US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Ethanol