Governor Rick Perry said Monday he considered the needs of Texas' ranchers
(and their animals) when the state created its strategy for developing
alternative sources of fuel.
"We are the no. 1 feed cattle producing state in the nation, and the
producers are not happy campers when they see corn going to fuel production. So
finding the balance is what this is really all about," Perry said during a news
conference detailing the state's bioenergy strategy. "We don't want to be put in
the place of having to decide whether we are going to feed cattle or fuel
Perry said Texas will focus on creating biofuels through
cellulosic feedstock such as switchgrass, a hardy prairie grass; wood chips; and
corn stems. Texas A&M University and Chevron Corp. are working together on
research to find ways to accelerate the harvesting of nonfood crops for
conversion into biofuels from cellulose "It's a four-year project and it already
shows tremendous progress," Perry said.
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