Denise Attaway, Ensley, Carlen | 9/13/2013 9:10:21 PM
OMAHA, Neb. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program to support the production of biofuel. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien made the announcement on Vilsack's behalf in Omaha, Neb., at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference.
The funding is provided through USDA's Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include but are not limited to: crop residue; animal, food and yard waste; vegetable oil; and animal fat.
O'Brien noted that the announcement serves as another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America and a reminder of the need for Congress to get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
"Job seekers in rural America need new and expanded investments in renewable energy, biofuel and bio-based product manufacturing – all of which can help create jobs in rural areas," said O'Brien.
Through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program and other USDA programs, the department is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a strong biofuels industry that creates jobs and broadens the range of feedstocks used to produce renewable fuel. More than 290 producers in 47 states and territories have received $211 million in payments since the program's inception. It has supported the production of more than 3 billion gallons of advanced biofuel and the equivalent of more than 36 billion kilowatt hours of electric energy.
For a complete list of producers receiving payments for September 2013, see Related Files under article.
The USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to help improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers, as well as help improve the quality of life in rural America.
Fletcher, J. (2013). USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel. Retrieved from http://1.usa.gov/17V1OP8, Sept. 13, 2013.