Fort Valley State researchers were looking for an alternative to corn.
And thanks to 2.5 million dollars in federal grant money, they may have just found it.
"We were making bio diesel out of [corn] and the prices were sky rocketing, so definitely we needed a crop that can supplement corn," said researcher Dr. Hari Singh.
The alternatives are tropical plants like Napier grass, giant reed plants, and Forage Sorghum.
These plants can feed livestock and make bio fuel, two common uses of corn.
"Most of the farms you have some prime land and then some part of the farm is left without any use," said Dr. Bharat Singh, a lead researcher.
He says these grasses can be grown on that leftover land.
Which means farmers can make a profit making bio fuel, without touching their primary crops.