Switchgrass - Next Local Biofuel?

9-25-06 - The future fuel for your car may be growing in Texoma right now above ground. Researchers at the Noble Foundation believe switchgrass could be the answer to farmers struggling to make ends meet after the recent drought.

The federal government wants to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil by 30 percent in the next two decades.

The Noble Foundation is one step ahead, improving native switchgrass so it can be converted into ethanol through a refining process.

It’s a tough crop that can withstand dry weather and is excellent for grazing cattle.

Officials are using that as a selling point when convincing farmers to grow it for ethanol production.

Governor Brad Henry is hosting a biofuels conference at OU for producers to learn more about ethanol production.