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Dooley honors farmer who turn switchgrass into biofuel

9:40 PM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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Football is played on grass, but that is where the relationship ends between UT coach Derek Dooley and the source of bioenergy called switchgrass.

"What they are converting is switchgrass, that nobody wants, and thats the beauty of it, so they are not going to be competing with anything, I don't want them to touch Neyland Stadium, we can't convert that to ethanol, we have to keep that for the team," said Dooley. 

While the coach may be a little protective, Tuesday night he helped honor the 16 farmers who took part in the UT program to turn switchgrass into biofuel. 

One of the goals is to provide an energy producing alternative to fossil fuels. 

While there is still a lot of work ahead, the progress is promising. There are more than 60 farms in the program, producing 5,100 acres of switchgrass near the town of Vonore.

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