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North Central Regional Sun Grant Center

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The North Central Regional Sun Grant Center is located at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. The Center consists of 10 states including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

We are one of five Regional Sun Grant Centers within the Sun Grant Initiative which was authorized in the 2002, 2008, 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. All regions are working together to further establish a biobased economy through our national network of land-grant universities and federally-funded laboratories. The five Sun Grant Centers each use their unique regional resources to meet the common goal of developing biobased alternatives and providing educational programs on America's energy demands while offering economic opportunities for rural areas.

The North Central Sun Grant Center manages a diverse portfolio of projects focusing on bio-renewable energy and products. Funding for these projects comes from the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation and Department of Defense.

The First Fifteen Years Report
SunGrant Initiative - The First Fifteen Years
Sun Grant Ten Year Report
North Central Regional Sun Grant Center: Ten-Year Report - 2008-2017
Regional Feed Stock Report
2016 Regional Feedstock Partnership Summary Report


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corn field being harvested

Chemicals from corn may bond durable plastic materials

Chemicals extracted from corn may one day be used to produce durable, heat-resistant plastic parts, thanks to research conducted by Distinguished Professor Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan.

SDSU scientist extracts cellulose from cornstalks

Assistant professor Srinivas Janaswamy is extracting cellulose from corn stover and solubilizing it to make strong, biodegradable films.

Clover improves soil quality, feeds biofuels crop

A four-leaf clover might bring good luck, but a stand of Kura clover can produce healthier soil—in the long run, according to a South Dakota State University study.