ARDMORE, Okla. -- Bio-fuel research is the hot topic in Ardmore. In June, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed a bio-fuel initiative into law, and researchers recently received state fund s for bio fuel research.
The Oklahoma Bioenergy Center recently allocated more than $3 million to Ardmore’s Noble Foundation. The bio-fuel initiative will allow the Noble Foundation as well as the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to actively research ways to refine switch-grass and alfalfa grass for fuel.
Noble Foundation vice president Steve Rhines says plans for a large demonstration field are in the works.
"What we’re going to do is develop one location; roughly 1,000 acres of switch-grass. This will allow for the first time scientist to get into those fields see how this works on a production level, give producers a chance to see a thousand acres. No place in the world can they see this," Rhines says.
The research money will also be used to help local farmers learn how to cultivate switch-grass as well.