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NORTH CAROLINA FARMERS PROFIT FROM INAUGURAL DEPLOYMENT OF INNOVATIVE BIOMASS CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEM

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- North Carolina farmers and landowners are participating in a unique program from Greensboro-based REPREVE® RENEWABLES to grow giant miscanthus grass for renewable product solutions. This innovative program provides famers with an economic alternative for underutilized and marginal land.

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The company developed a comprehensive solution for planting biomass at commercial scale, including solving the significant challenge of establishing rhizome-propagated crops. explains Jeff Wheeler, chief executive officer of REPREVE RENEWABLES. "REPREVE RENEWABLES is committed to overcoming challenges of planting biomass crops on a large-scale basis. This year we are excited to bring the ACCU YIELD™ System to locations in North Carolina and throughout the United States to plant giant miscanthus grass for commercial biomass production."

North Carolina farmers Chris Hester and Ashely Singletary in Bladen County, and Ben Stancill in Pitt County, are among the first to adopt this inventive approach to diversified land management.

"Chris, Ashely and Ben are trailblazers in growing this alternative crop," Wheeler said.      "They help us grow the biomass we need to meet our customers' demands. We provide turnkey solutions to plant and harvest the crop, and we provide the market for the harvest each year. This unique process that we developed also means we can offer an integrated turnkey solution to our customers."

Giant miscanthus grass is a rapidly renewable biomass crop that provides a viable economic alternative for many farmers and landowners with underutilized and marginal land that might otherwise lay dormant or fail to provide annual profits. Perennial giant miscanthus grows well under a range of soil and environmental conditions. It requires little to grow and maintain. It's a simple, convenient and profitable crop to raise.

For farmers and landowners like Hester, Singletary and Stancill, the REPREVE RENEWABLES program significantly reduces the risk of growing a new crop while providing other benefits. Environmental benefits include improved soil composition, reduced use of inputs compared to other crops and enhanced soil and water conservation. Economic benefits come from leveraging underutilized and marginal land for producing a profitable crop. There are economic benefits also for those in their communities that store, transport and process the material.

More information on REPREVE RENEWABLES and the turnkey production process, visit www.repreverenewables.com.

About REPREVE RENEWABLES

REPREVE RENEWABLES, LLC, is the preeminent leader in providing comprehensive renewable solutions for the biomass market. It is committed to developing renewable solutions for bio-based markets by leveraging crops grown on under-utilized or marginal land to create sustainable biomass production.  In demonstration of its commitment to innovation, REPREVE RENEWABLES is solving the challenge of commercial biomass production with the deployment in 2014 of ACCU YIELD™ System. The system is comprised of three elements: ACCU LIFTER™ machine lifts rhizomes in such a manner that reduces damage to the rhizomes thus increasing viability; ACCU PROCESSOR™ unit sizes and cleans rhizomes for improved germination and quality and ACCU DROP® planter  provides optimal row spacing at varying planting densities to ensure a uniform, consistent and rapid stand establishment.  REPREVE RENEWABLES is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

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REPREVE® is a registered trademark of Unifi, Inc., used under license. ACCU YIELD™ System, ACCU DROP® planter, ACCU PROCESSOR™ unit and ACCU LIFTER™ machine are trademarks of REPREVE RENEWABLES.

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