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BIODIESEL COMPARISON


Biodiesel is the newest contribution to Beltsville's seven-year-old
sustainable farming program. Beginning this month, biodiesel, a mix of
20 percent soybean oil and 80-percent regular diesel fuel, will power
all farm and road crew diesel vehicles on the center's 6,000-acre east
side.
Researchers will compare the two fuels for engine performance and wear.
The program is part of a federal effort to reduce reliance on petroleum
while creating new markets for U.S. crops. A fact sheet on the center's
biodiesel use is on the web at: http://www.ars.usda.
gov/is/pr/1999/990811.biodiesel.
htmkorcakr@ ba.ars.usda.gov.
Agricultural Research Service / News Staff /Photo Staff / ARS.



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