A $1.37 million grant, as in "here you go don't pay us back money," to research Willow.
So after those other plants we are manipulating into fuel, the government has to choose one more. One good thing is that the willow can grow in a lower quality soil. However, the bad thing, which the article I learned this from mentions this as a good thing, is willow is not food. At least the other sources can be consumed. Willow, total crap if we end up with acres of it and it is no good as a fuel.
Do you want to know what the real kicker is? This grant is for a genetically altered willow to use for fuel.
Did you catch that?
Willow, as it stands, is not good enough to use as a biofuel. You can not eat it. So the government is going to spend money to make an inedible plant that we cannot use for biofuel and re-engineer it into a plant that can be used for biofuel but still not eat!
We already have a list of dual purpose plants. Now we are going to waste money to engineer a plant and hope we can get one use out of it.