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43-37-104. Findings of general assembly.

(a)  The general assembly finds that the development of biobased products, agricultural biomass, bast fiber crops and industrial utilization is in the best interest of Tennessee's economy and agriculture. The general assembly recognizes the importance of agricultural fibers as the basic building blocks for biobased products.

(b)  The general assembly finds that the development of biobased products, agricultural biomass, bast fiber crops and industrial utilization would reduce dependence on foreign oil imports; enhance energy security; reduce environmental emissions of harmful pollutants; decrease greenhouse gas emissions; increase profitability for agricultural biomass commercial activities; revitalize rural areas with new markets and revenue streams; and would provide greater consumer choices for power, fuel and commercial products.

(c)  The general assembly finds that cooperation with the United States department of energy and United States department of agriculture's bioenergy initiative, Oak Ridge national laboratory, Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee and other entities in Tennessee that are developing biobased products, agricultural biomass, bast fiber crops and industrial utilization is in the best interest of Tennessee's economy, environment and agriculture.

(d)  The general assembly finds that the Ag Fiber Technology program at Agricenter International has a strategic role in the development of biobased products, agricultural biomass, bast fiber crops and industrial utilization through its focus on commercializing agricultural fibers as the basic building blocks for biobased products.

(e)  The purpose of this chapter is to promote the economy, agriculture, public safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Tennessee, while promoting new opportunities for farmers and rural economies.

[Acts 2000, ch. 838, § 4.]