Farmers in Oregon and Washington will get federal money to grow poplars and camelina as biomass crops, according to an announcement today from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The crops will be used to make biodiesel at Beaver Biodiesel in Albany and ZeaChem in Boardman, and alternative jet fuel at AltAir Fuels in Seattle.
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