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FreeWays to Fuel


The present project explores a method of growing oil seed crops in nontraditional agronomic areas along roadways, airports, military, railroad areas, unused construction areas, government and subsidy lands for biofuel production.  It is estimated that there are 10 million available acres that have been underutilized for biofuel crop production and require significant maintenance cost.   The beneficial uses of biofuels such as biodiesel are well documented. 

It is the purpose of this study to investigate the planting, growing and harvesting methods to rapidly adapt and economically grow oil seed crops in these areas. If successful, this process would generate four positive outcomes: 1) Produce sustainable fuels from idle areas that are costly to maintain; 2) Provide a mechanism to economically control weeds harbored by these areas; 3) Provide support to the local economy by providing jobs and relatively inexpensive fuels; and 4) Provide a template/screening process for all state departments of transportation to follow.