Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Agrivida Inc., in Medford, MA, on Friday, May13, 2011. Agivida Inc. is a local company involved in developing new technologies to produce the next generation of biofuels, which will support economic development in rural America. Agrivida is developing methods to reduce the cost of converting biofuel feedstocks into sugar, focusing on sorghum, corn stover, and switchgrass. (L to R) Agrivida scientist Dongcheng Zhano, Massachusetts State Energy Secretary Richard Sullivan, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are shown how the harvested biomass looks after milling, when it first enters the process. The plants in the foreground are sorghum plants that Agrivida is using for engineering experiments. USDA Photo by Diane Petit.
May 5, 2014
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