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Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title
February 20, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of …

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development
January 13, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
November 10, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver …

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future
October 3, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that invest in the second and …

Working the Calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock
August 8, 2016 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products
May 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

USDA Highlights Benefits of Rural Development Grants with Eye on Bioenergy
January 29, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the USDA has highlighted the economic impacts on rural communities bioenergy investments have made in a new report looking at the $1.1 billion granted for renewable energy through …

Ensyn Nabs Chevron Exec as New CEO
January 29, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jeffrey Jacobs, who served as Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures until his recent retirement from Chevron, was appointed CEO of Ensyn Corporation and elected to its Board of Directors. …

USDA Highlights 2015 Bioeconomy Achievements
January 4, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Several of the achievements listed by the USDA benefited the bioenergy and biofuels sectors. Under the category of climate change achievements, the department highlighted its work with the U.S. …

Lifting the U.S. Crude Export Ban: Impact on Oil, Biofuels, Wind & Solar & the Evolution of the U.S. Energy Landscape
December 18, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Genscape)  Now in the hands of president Obama for final sign off, the budget deal that could end the 1975 oil export ban, could also extend investment and Production Tax Credits (ITC and PTC) that …

WEBINAR: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Information — September 9, 2015
September 4, 2015 – 5:23 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Biomass Crop Assistance Program Information  —  September 9, 2015

Two offerings: Noon to 1:00 pm Eastern AND  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern
The USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) was reauthorized for new enrollment targets to establish shrub willow, giant miscanthus, and switchgrass for …

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops
August 21, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins today for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass …

House Appropriators Shortchange Rural America on Jobs and Economic Growth, AgEC Says
June 22, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Agriculture Energy Coalition/BusinessWire) The House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill would reduce mandatory spending levels for important Energy Title programs, including the Renewable Energy for America Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the …

Comment Period Open on Proposed Discretionary Changes to BCAP
June 17, 2015 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop …

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy
June 2, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support …

USDA Publishes Final BCAP Rule
March 3, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with the recently published rule, there are …

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on …

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?
September 8, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week – today, we have a recap of the major other activities, including the Biodiesel Fuel Education …

USDA Announces Funding Availability for Turning Biomass Material into Energy
June 12, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Now Apply for Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (June 9, 2014) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from …

Walking a Rough Road to a World Free of Non-Renewable Sources of Energy: Memories of 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 27, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

By Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine a world without non-renewable energy sources, where we just use sun, wind, and biomass to generate our electricity for industries and homes, and fuel for transportation. …

As Miscanthus Crop Matures, Producers Find More Uses
September 18, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Chris Kick (Farm and Dairy)  …At 10 feet tall and higher, (Jon) Griswold’s “giant miscanthus” surpasses even the tallest of corn hybrids and the tallest of farmers. And its dense, wide-reaching foliage makes for a …

For Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs, Mandatory Funding Is Crucial
July 23, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter and Ryan Stroschein  (Agriculture Energy Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  Now that both the U.S. House and Senate are moving toward a conference on the Farm Bill, it’s time to emphasize to both chambers the need …

Biofuels Short Takes: Farm Bill Update
May 13, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, BIO begins the week with applause for Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for including mandatory funding for …

Farm Bill Energy Title Introduced in Senate
May 8, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill energy title was introduced in the Senate Monday. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act to “help farmers, ranchers, and …

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)
May 7, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US …

Coalition Urges New Farm Bill for Energy
January 23, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm Bill with strong mandatory funding for energy programs.

The coalition notes that programs included in the …

USDA’s Senior Energy Advisor Explains BCAP after Cliff Deal
January 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biomass Crop Assistance Program may have been extended through 2013 with the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, but the program’s usefulness in the coming …

Farm Bill Contains No Mandatory Funding for Energy Title Programs
January 3, 2013 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The bad news is, all mandatory funding for energy title programs were stripped from the farm bill at the last moment. “The programs have lived, but they don’t have …

The October Surprise: BP Cancels Plans for US Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 26, 2012 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, BP announced it is canceling plans to build a 36 million gallon commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Highlands County. The company said that it would refocus its US …

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener
October 16, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.

…The …

Chemtex Lands $99M USDA Loan Guarantee for North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Project
August 23, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Chemtex announced that it has received a $99 million conditional loan guarantee from USDA, under the USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program for the engineering and construction of …

Missouri Organizes for Energy Independence
August 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like many states (or countries) that have limited oil reserves or reserves that are economically unfeasible to extract at this time – the path to energy independence lies generally in …

Biomass Crop Assistance Program Expanded
July 30, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

Jannette Pippin (JDNews)  Eastern North Carolina farmers have an opportunity to get involved in growing renewable energy crops for fuel and power through a program that will help pay planting and other start-up costs.

USDA Farm …

Death Valley Days: The Biofuels Financing Saga
July 20, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As bio-based companies race across the Valley of Death, in the dash for scale, who’s getting financing now, and how?

The path to financing success in bio-based project development used to …

Official: Future of BCAP Could Impact Future of Energy Crops
June 25, 2012 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The nearly $10 million awarded by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to three energy crop project areas on June 13 will be the only funding distributed through the Biomass …

$4.3 Million to Be Invested in Shrub Willow Growth for Renewable Fuel
June 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Observer-Dispatch)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $4.3 million to ReEnergy and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to encourage growth of shrub willow as a renewable energy fuel, according to a news …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

USDA Selects Chemtex for $3.9 million BCAP Project
June 13, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Chemtex International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Chemtex International announced today (June 13, 2012) that it has been selected by the USDA to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The $3,996,000 award will support establishing and growing over 4,000 acres …

Energy Coalition Disappointed in Farm Bill Draft
April 25, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A coalition of trade groups and organizations representing renewable energy, energy efficiency, farm and environmental interests is disappointed in a 2012 Farm Bill draft out of the Senate Agriculture Committee that …

NSAC Suggests REAP, BCAP Changes
March 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released its 2012 Farm Bill platform, which provides suggestions to improve some federal bioenergy programs. These include the Repowering Assistance Program …

Policies of Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America in a 2012 Farm Bill
February 21, 2012 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) With a refreshing sense of focus, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, opened the hearing on Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
January 26, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB …

Federal Cutbacks Not Stopping MFA Biofuels Plan
January 16, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (Columbia Tribune)  Despite large cuts to the federal program supporting it and concerns from some groups about environmental impacts, a project to begin growing a giant perennial grass to serve as a …

Next Up: Abengoa in Early Planning for Second Cellulosic Plant
January 12, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s only been a few months since Abengoa Bioenergy broke ground on its 23 MMgy multifeedstock cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., but so far, construction of its first …

Proposed Farm Bill Includes Advanced Biofuels
October 11, 2011 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R, IN-3rd) have introduced a farm bill that they say would save $40 billion and includes provisions that support the development of advanced biofuels.

“We …

SarTec Corporation Awarded $500,000 Department of Energy Grant
October 5, 2011 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/SarTec) SarTec Corporation announced today it has received a $500,000 Department of Energy grant (Award # DE-EE0003127) as part of a larger project to develop and enhance the use of inedible energy crops for the production of advanced …

SAFER Makes Information about Farm Bill Energy Program Proposed Cuts
September 22, 2011 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance)  As you know, Congress is in the midst of negotiations regarding FY2012 appropriations for the Farm Bill. Of particular interest to SAFER is the proposed cuts to the …

Farmers Sought for Biofuel Project
August 23, 2011 – 6:34 am | No Comment

(The Record)  Farm officials, hoping to get California farmers to plant as much as 25,000 acres of camelina, an oilseed, for a biomass start-up project are offering incentives to growers in San Joaquin County and …

BCAP Helps Abengoa Solve Chicken-and-Egg Feedstock Issue
August 15, 2011 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With help from the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program, Abengoa is on its way to establishing a significantly sized switchgrass plantation in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma surrounding the …

Cantwell Applauds Launch of Jet Biofuels Program that Will Support Green Jobs Statewide
August 10, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

(AirportBusiness.com) Today (August 9, 2011)  U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured the cutting-edge laboratories at Targeted Growth in Seattle and announced the launch of Washington state’s first large-scale program for the growth of camelina sativa, …

USDA Awards $45 Million to Four New BCAP Projects
July 29, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states to expand the availability of non-food crops to be …

USDA Announces Projects to Provide Increased Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil
June 17, 2011 – 8:20 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Projects Further Obama Administration’s Effort to Produce Clean Home-Grown Energy, Create Sustainable Rural Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas …

US Senate Defeats Coburn Amendment: Industry Reaction
June 15, 2011 – 6:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, on a cloture vote in the Senate to proceed to an amendment that would end the current ethanol tax incentive immediately, Senator Coburn’s amendment lost 40-59, falling 20 votes …

Next-Gen Biofuel Depends on Subsidies, Senate Told
April 4, 2011 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  Even as President Barack Obama renewed his push for next-generation biofuels, an industry official warned that cuts in biomass subsidies could discourage farmers from providing corn residue and other …

Farmers Now Delivering Biomass to POET’s Project LIBERTY Storage Site
February 1, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

(POET)  First farmers completed BCAP applications Monday

Farmers are now delivering biomass bales to POET’s 22-acre storage site in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the future home of the 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant dubbed “Project LIBERTY.”

Area farmers harvested 56,000 …

House Votes to Extend Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Tax Credits; Senate Drops Biofuels-Slashing Omnibus Bill
December 17, 2010 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US House of Representatives voted by a 277 to 148 margin to approve the Obama tax deal, which extends the ethanol tax credit through 2011, and retroactively extends the biodiesel …