Researchers at Pennsylvania State University are returning life to damaged lands with a crop that can be a source of sustainable fuel and put to other agricultural purposes. By planting switchgrass into former strip mines, the researchers will reclaim soil health and create a crop that can be used to create ethanol, fuel pellets, livestock feed, animal bedding, mulch, and more.
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