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NO. CAROLINA FARMERS PROFIT FROM INNOVATIVE BIOMASS CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Source: Repreve Renewables news release

North Carolina farmers and landowners are participating in a unique program from Greensboro-based REPREVE® RENEWABLES to grow giant miscanthus grass for renewable product solutions. This innovative program provides famers with an economic alternative for underutilized and marginal land.

The company developed a comprehensive solution for planting biomass at commercial scale, including solving the significant challenge of establishing rhizome-propagated crops. explains Jeff Wheeler, chief executive officer of REPREVE RENEWABLES.

"REPREVE RENEWABLES is committed to overcoming challenges of planting biomass crops on a large-scale basis. This year we are excited to bring the ACCU YIELD™ System to locations in North Carolina and throughout the United States to plant giant miscanthus grass for commercial biomass production."

North Carolina farmers Chris Hester and Ashely Singletary in Bladen County, and Ben Stancill in Pitt County, are among the first to adopt this inventive approach to diversified land management.

"Chris, Ashely and Ben are trailblazers in growing this alternative crop," Wheeler said. "They help us grow the biomass we need to meet our customers' demands.

We provide turnkey solutions to plant and harvest the crop, and we provide the market for the harvest each year. This unique process that we developed also means we can offer an integrated turnkey solution to our customers."

Giant miscanthus grass is a rapidly renewable biomass crop that provides a viable economic alternative for many farmers and landowners with underutilized and marginal land that might otherwise lay dormant or fail to provide annual profits.

Perennial giant miscanthus grows well under a range of soil and environmental conditions. It requires little to grow and maintain. It's a simple, convenient and profitable crop to raise.

For farmers and landowners like Hester, Singletary and Stancill, the REPREVE RENEWABLES program significantly reduces the risk of growing a new crop while providing other benefits. Environmental benefits include improved soil composition, reduced use of inputs compared to other crops and enhanced soil and water conservation.

Economic benefits come from leveraging underutilized and marginal land for producing a profitable crop. There are economic benefits also for those in their communities that store, transport and process the material.

More information on REPEREVE RENEWABLES and the turnkey production process, visit www.repreverenewables.com.


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