MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Five acres of switchgrass are being planted on the campus of Maysville Community and Technical College to test its use as a biofuel.

Associate professor Carrie Taylor says she hopes to sell the switchgrass to power plants. Switchgrass is mixed with coal feedstock to fuel power plants.

She says diversification is important, especially in light of the changes to the tobacco industry. Farmers interested in trying switchgrass can visit the campus and learn about the crop and its maintenance.

Taylor plans to monitor the switchgrass for diseases, fungus and other potentially harmful factors with help from inmates at the Mason County Detention Center, who are part of a horticulture work program.

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