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Kan. Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy receives $4.8M


The Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy has received a $4.8 million grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to help fund projects that improve the harvesting, storage and transportation of biomass for energy purposes.

The funds are being invested into a fleet of advanced harvesting equipment that demonstrates more cost effective and more efficient methods for moving bioenergy feedstocks to markets and processing plants. The reduced cost of harvesting increases profits and supports expanded acreage of crops with lower water and nitrogen input requirements on marginal lands.

The Kansas Department of Commerce's investment is comprised of American Recovery and Renewal Act funds.

"We'd like to thank Governor Brownback and the Kansas Department of Commerce for this grant, which will help make alternative energy from biological resources a viable option for consumers," said Jeff Roskam, KABB's CEO. "We are confident that this investment will increase farm income on marginal lands, support new crops to extend aquifer life and provide more tonnage for users of plant material."

KABB has already found an opportunity to put some of the funding to good use by purchasing a Stinger Stacker 6500 bale-handling truck made by Stinger Ltd. of Haven, Kan.

"The opportunity to purchase the Stinger Stacker is a real win all around--for KABB, farmers, our harvesting partners, Stinger employees, and the state of Kansas," said Roskam. "We now have our first component of what will become the nation's most advanced harvesting fleet."

"We're excited to see the other opportunities that present themselves in the coming months," Roskam continued.

The Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy is a nonprofit, industry led and directed Center of Innovation focused on identifying barriers and solutions in the area of bioenergy. Initial funding for KABB was a $4.1 million investment from the Kansas Bioscience Authority through the Centers of Innovation Program.

For more information, visit www.kansasbioenergy.com.

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