U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns will propose $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy, with a focus on cellulosic energy research and production, as part of the government’s 2007 farm bill proposals. Cellulosic energy involves breaking down a plant’s cell structure and tapping the sugars inside to make usable energy. Johanns says the funding will support President Bush’s goal of reducing gasoline usage 20% in the next 10 years, outlined in his Jan. 23 State of the Union ...

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