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Farm Bill Delay Possible as Deadline Looms

(NAFB News Service/Hoosier Ag Today)  The farm bill deadline at the end of the month could pass without a new farm bill or an extension. As the pace of the farm

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Put Algae in the Farm Bill!

(Algae Biomass Organization)  …  Algae are fast becoming a significant component in food and health products, and it is time that this new crop was afforded the support by the U.S.

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Asks Farm Bill Conferees to Support Biodiesel Programs

(National Biodiesel Board)  National Biodiesel Board sends letter reiterating support for passage of a new Farm Bill  —  Today (August 16,2018), the National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Leahy among Lawmakers Taking Farm Bill to Conference

(WCAX)   Both houses of Congress have passed their respective versions of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that affects farmers around the country. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers,

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sweeping Farm Bill, Setting up Fight with House

by Caitlin Dewey and Erica Werner (Washington Post)  The Senate passed its version of the $428 billion farm bill Thursday, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps,

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

West Fargo Farm Rally Will Try to Capture Part of Trump’s Spotlight

by  Patrick Springer (West Fargo Pioneer)  … “It’s not a protest against President Trump,” said Pam Musland, marketing and communication supervisor for the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Our hope is to

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in

June 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Sen. Tina Smith Tells Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders that Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key to Reviving Lagging Farm Economy

(Office of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN))  Senator Leads Bipartisan Push for Strong Funding and Focus on Energy As Senate Begins Work on Farm Bill in Coming Days  —  As the Senate prepares

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Since 2002, the farm bill has contained an energy title, with cost-effective programs that support private investment in renewable energy, biobased manufacturing and energy

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill to Get Second Vote in US House in June: Roll Call

(CNBC/Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, according to a report. The vote

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Rejection Sinks In: House Ag Leaders Look for New Path Forward After Farm Bill Defeated

by Jerry Hagstrom and Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The cheers and jeers were all over the spectrum Friday after the House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Policy Adds to Agricultural Market Uncertainty

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Tribune)  … Biofuel policy decisions also have the potential to have large impacts on commodity markets and farm income. Most cars in this country run on a blend

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes:  Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Pelosi Visits Central Iowa Farm, Warns RFS under Attack

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi — the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives — toured a central Iowa farm early this morning. Pelosi’s visit

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Mail Call! Biofuels Write to EPA on Strategy

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A coalition of Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter Thursday to EPA asking it to move administrative time and staff away from Renewable Fuel

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog — NFU Opposes House Version of Farm Bil

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In another blow to support for the House version of the farm bill, the National Farmers Union’s board of directors early Wednesday passed a

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Delays, Ethanol Waivers Worry SD Sen. Rounds

by Barry Amundson (Grand Forks Herald)  U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year. One is the farm bill that faces

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

House Committee Passes 2018 Farm Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In a statement, House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., criticized the legislation, calling it “a flawed bill that is the result of a

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Rep. Collin Peterson Voices Support For Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to reiterate his support for Minnesota’s ethanol industry. “Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

200 Companies, Trade Groups Urge Congress forward on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than 200 companies and trade associations today wrote House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, urging them “to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …   BIO is the only trade association that advocates for the diverse policies that support the entire biobased economy – the full value

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release

February 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Extended

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump today, included provisions to extend a host of Alternative Fuel Tax Credits. The incentives originally

February 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Expects Farm Bill Vote in March

by P.J. Griekspoor (American Agriculturalist)  Sen. Roberts urged farmers to be ready to ‘sound off’ in support of farmer-friendly legislation.  —  March will be the month the 2018 Farm Bill comes to the

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Secretary to Roll out Farm Bill & Legislative Principles in Pennsylvania

(Wisconsin State Farmer)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Jan. 24 to roll out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and legislative principles for 2018.  READ

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Take a Glance! Lessons from the RFS

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) The American Enterprise Institute is out with a report looking at policymaking lessons from the RFS. It argues the biofuels mandate would be better as

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

BIO Asks for Reauthorization of Section 9003 Program in Farm Bill

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked leaders of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery,

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Issues Essential for State, Franken Says

by Trey Mewes (Mankato Free Press)  As federal officials back off of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Sen. Al Franken believes there’s going to be more work to do to

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

The Message Is Clear: We Must Create Demand

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth above 15 billion gallons will require new markets and widespread understanding of ethanol’s carbon-reduction value.  —  … The guaranteed market for 15 billion gallons has

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Democrat Senators Offer Farm Bill Energy Package

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senator Al Franken (D-MN), together with Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017, to reauthorize Title

September 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

All Eyes on Energy

by Keith Loria  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 Farm Bill—otherwise known as the Agricultural Act of 2014—places a larger emphasis on energy than past farm bills have. It includes the

August 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Fischer Expects Fight over Farm Bill

by Liz Morales (Columbus Telegram)  Agriculture was a main topic of discussion Wednesday during U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s listening session in Albion.  Fischer said she expects a big fight when

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.

August 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Legislation Aims to Repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill.

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate

by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, David Orden (FarmDocDaily)   Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue,

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

House Committee Debates Future Federal Support of Biofuels

by Sara Taginawa (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Tuesday, July 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing examining the future of biofuels and the Renewable

July 28, 2017 Read Full Article

House Appropriators Make Significant Cuts to Farm Energy Programs in FY18 Agriculture Spending Bill

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On June 29, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved a spending bill for FY2018 providing $144.0 billion to the U.S. Department of

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA Bioenergy Programs Gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate

by John Duff (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  A drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. …   —  It is

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Helping Trump Help Bioenergy

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … The Trump Administration’s two recent Executive Orders on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” and especially, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America”

May 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported

May 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Trump Forms Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy under the Radar

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Soybean Association Discusses Trade, Biofuels, Conservation and Research

(Norwalk Reflector)  … Progressive policies for a strong farm safety net, increased funding for agricultural export programs, ambitious global trade negotiations, an aggressive support for biodiesel policies and robust funding for

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets

March 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from Maine invite all of us to his beautiful Northern state that has many existing and promising biomass

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title

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

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Farm Bill: Lower Expectations

by Jerry Hagstrom (DTN Progressive Farmer)  About two-thirds of a bipartisan group of around 50 lobbyists said this week they expect Congress not to finish the farm bill until 2019

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Gearing Up for Farm Bill Season

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI will take periodic looks at the ongoing debate surrounding the anticipated 2018 Farm Bill. This article is the first in the series.

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Prospering In the New Trump Era

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, the GOP is in control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  But, who’s in control of the

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

US Elections: Who Wins, Who Loses – What Trump’s Victory Means for the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digests)  In Washington, Donald Trump captured the US Presidency in an upset victory that confounded pollsters

November 9, 2016 1 comment Read Full Article

A Bridge from City to Country Made of Algae: An Algae Biomass Summit Preview

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As algae developers struggled to bring down costs within venture timelines, and then as global

October 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Conservatives Call For Repeal of RFS

(WHOTV.com)  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, last week released a sweeping critique of U.S. agriculture policy. In a

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Making the Case for Young Farmers

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Visits Lamberton Area Solar Community Garden Near Ethanol Site

by Erik Posz (Redwood Falls Gazette)   Thoroughly impressed.   That was the feeling United States Senator Amy Klobuchar left with after

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Landmark Report from BIO Charts $770B Renewable Chemicals and Materials Market by 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released a landmark report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Working as Intended?

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … With a potential omnibus spending package on the table this fall, the oil industry and

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8

May 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

A 21st-Century Investment in Productive, Sustainable Agriculture

by Margaret M. Zeigler (The Hill/Global Harvest Initiative)  … Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

(Industrial Biotechnology)  … My current assessment is that there exists an unlimited sense of opportunity in the biobased products and bioenergy

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … The challenge our industry faces right now is to continue building investment in

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/re:chem Alliance)  For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in

February 2, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins

August 21, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

“The Time Is Ripe” for a Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem))  … Buoyed in wake of our successful

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Nearly Half of Senate Writes Urging for Streamlined Support for Forest Bioenergy

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

House Appropriators Shortchange Rural America on Jobs and Economic Growth, AgEC Says

(Agriculture Energy Coalition/BusinessWire) The House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill would reduce mandatory spending levels for important Energy

June 22, 2015 Read Full Article

The US Bioeconomy: $369B and 4 Million Jobs Strong, says USDA; Changes to the BioPreferred program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S.

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

by Cynthia Thyfault (Westar Trade Resources/Biofuels Digest) The biobased products and fuels industry has been anxiously waiting for the new USDA Biorefinery,

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers,

June 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Finally, Finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals

by Corrine Young and Michele Jalbert (Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem)/Biofuels Digest) … Program changes garnered in the most recent

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Appropriations Request Targets Corn Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A group of Congressional representatives wrote to the House Appropriations leadership this week specifically asking that

March 27, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Increases Ethanol Support

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  Speaking to the ethanol lobbying group, Growth Energy, Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday announced

March 1, 2015 Read Full Article

Opening Channels For Export

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is teaming up with Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels

January 19, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Agricultural Science Committee

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the

December 16, 2014 Read Full Article

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week –

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi,

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Reaching out in D.C.

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)   …. But, when the Iowans visited Washington recently a few of them also spoke

August 8, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Funding for 2 Farm Bill Bioenergy Programs

(US Department of Agriculture/Biomass Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA

June 17, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Funding Availability for Turning Biomass Material into Energy

(US Department of Agriculture)  Now Apply for Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (June 9, 2014)

June 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuel-Obsessed U.S. Seen Blowing 'Historic Opportunity' in Nascent Green Chemical Market

by Amanda Peterka (E&E reporter/Greenwire)  The United States may be losing a major opportunity to be a global leader in

June 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Walking a Rough Road to a World Free of Non-Renewable Sources of Energy: Memories of 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo

By Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine a world without non-renewable energy sources, where we just use sun,

May 27, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Draft Appropriations Bill Aims to Cut Funding for BCAP, REAP

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims

May 22, 2014 Read Full Article

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Biofuels

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on advanced biofuels. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of

April 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Vilsack Talks about USDA Efforts to Further Advanced Biofuels

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during

April 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Create Jobs, Lower Prices at the Pump, Says Senate Ag Chair

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday held a hearing on the economic benefits of

April 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com) A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for

April 4, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation March 27, 2014 Washington, DC

  USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation      March 27, 2014     Washington, DC

You are invited to join representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) for a

March 19, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Makes Payments to Support Production of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien today announced that USDA is making nearly $60 million in

March 11, 2014 Read Full Article

It’s Not a Sprint: Achieving Biofuel Goals Requires the Effort of a Marathon

(25 x ’25)   EPA’s release this week of the latest rule governing vehicle emissions and fuel standards is a reminder that while

March 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Obama Signs Farm Bill, Announces Made in Rural America Initiative

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Regarding the new Made in Rural American initiative, Obama said the program will help more

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Vilsack Renews Endorsement of Ethanol in Phoenix

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment

February 28, 2014 Read Full Article

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title

February 24, 2014 Read Full Article

Some Good News for a Change: Why The Farm Bill Is a Big Win for Biofuels and Biorefineries

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … The true good news is that the Senate conferees prevailed in getting $881

February 20, 2014 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Biofuel Benefits

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … “Renewable chemicals are now defined in the farm bill, an important and long overdue change,” said

February 13, 2014 Read Full Article

XTRM Announces Mobile Cannabis/Hemp To Biodiesel Unit

(Baystreet.CA/AccessWire)  Extreme Biodiesel, Inc. (PINK:XTRM) today announced that the Company wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures has just completed assembly

February 7, 2014 Read Full Article

US Senate Approves Farm Bill – Heads to Obama for OK

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Following House passage, the five-year Farm Bill and its Energy Title head to the White

February 6, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Caves to the Petroleum Industry, Could Cost Taxpayers

by Laura Sesana  (The Washington Times) The petroleum industry’s renewed campaign against Congressionally mandated increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline appears

December 9, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Ethanol Decision Pushes Farm Bill toward Finish Line

by Erik Wasson (The Hill) The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to

November 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Stakeholders Tell Congressional Leaders To Reauthorize and Fully Fund Farm Bill Energy Title That Supports American Ag, Benefits Entire Nation

(25 x’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance has joined more than 130 other national, regional and state stakeholder groups devoted to farm,

November 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Conferees Urge Energy Funding

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Senate version of the farm bill includes $800 million in mandatory funding for energy programs

November 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Biomass Organizations Write Support Letter for Bioenergy Programs

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 30 biomass companies and organizations recently wrote to four congressmen supporting

October 23, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Rural Energy Efforts Run Low on Fuel as Farm Bill Expires

By Amanda Peterka  (Midwest Energy News/Environment & Energy Daily)    …But USDA’s ability to carry out projects like the installation

October 3, 2013 Read Full Article

BIO, Member Companies Urge Congress to Pass Five-Year Farm Bill, Maintain Crucial Language for Renewable Chemicals

(BusinessWire/Biotechnology Industry Organization)   The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a group of renewable chemical companies and state advocacy organizations today

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Analyzing the Influence of Energy Policy

by Jake Ferris (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The change in stock levels from 2001-’05 accounted for about $1.28 of the

September 25, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making payments

September 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Corn Growers Place Policy Priorities On Legislators' Desks

by Janell Baum (Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers President Pam Johnson says NCGA membership ready to move forward on the

August 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Vilsack Says Congress Only Works During Crisis

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Ames, Iowa this week and while there

July 24, 2013 Read Full Article

For Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs, Mandatory Funding Is Crucial

by Lloyd Ritter and Ryan Stroschein  (Agriculture Energy Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  Now that both the U.S. House and Senate are moving toward

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

The Farm Bill: Your 2013 5-Minute Guide to $1B in US Agri-Energy Investment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Washington, the House and Senate have now passed their respective versions of the proposed

July 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Illinois Corn Growers Association Announces Opposition of Congress Splitting the Farm Bill

by Lacey Koontz (BrownfieldAgNews)  The Illinois Corn Growers Association is opposed to the current discussion in Congress to split the farm bill. 

July 9, 2013 Read Full Article

New Farm Policy Possible Because of Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … At the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch issues forum on Monday, Renewable Fuels Association president

May 30, 2013 Read Full Article

The Renewable Chemical Industry Must Speak with One Voice

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …Renewable chemicals offer cost-competitiveness with petrochemicals or new properties and features that add

May 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Short Takes: Farm Bill Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, BIO begins the week with applause for Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad

May 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title Introduced in Senate

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill energy title was introduced in the Senate Monday. Senators Tom Harkin

May 8, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Proposes Simplified Application Process for REAP Funding

(US Department of Agriculture/Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Petroleum Losing Its Luster for Agriculture Sector, Too

by Tina Casey (TriplePundit)  Just yesterday, we noted that auto manufacturers are beginning to shed their century-old love affair with

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Help Meet Nation’s Energy, Economic Needs

(25 x ’25)  …But the growth in new, clean energy is only just beginning, driven in large part by the

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

New R&D Strategies for a New Era

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill May 8, 2013 Webinar

  RFS2 VS. 2008 Farm Bill, an Introduction to Policy Driving or Hindering the Biofuels Industry and Updates from Capitol Hill    May 8, 2013   Webinar

This webinar (First in this series) will focus on the current and past policies which drive or hinder (as the

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

High Crop Prices Are Driving Land Use Change in the U.S. at an Increasing Environmental Cost

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The USDA estimates that farmers in the U.S. will plant nine million more

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Coalition Urges New Farm Bill for Energy

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Vilsack Ties Farm Bill to Biofuels, Will Serve Again as Ag Secretary

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the future success of biofuels in this country is also

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Contains No Mandatory Funding for Energy Title Programs

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The bad news is, all mandatory funding for energy title programs were stripped from

January 3, 2013 Read Full Article

US Congress Passes “Fiscal Cliff” Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Four tax provisions were in the bill that directly impact biofuels. Cellulosic biofuels producer tax

January 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Brighter Horizon for Biofuels

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuel industry breathed a big sigh of relief last month when the

December 11, 2012 Read Full Article

National Farmers Union and Coalition Urge Congress To Pass New Farm Bill This Year

(National Farmers Union)  National Farmers Union (NFU) and a wide-sweeping coalition of 235 agriculture organizations including Advanced Biofuels USA sent a

November 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Obama, Romney Address Biodiesel Question from Soybean Group

(American Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  With the national spotlight on the race for the White House, the American Soybean Association reached

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Romney: “Biofuels Are Crucial to America’s Energy Future…Maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Romney campaign issued a long-awaited white paper on agricultural policy. Among the highlights:

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

6 Treacherous Biofuels Crevasses, 6 Guides to Steer You

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Those momentum killers. Company wreckers. The investor flight-inducing crevasses along the route to the top

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Ag Energy Coalition Calls for Passage of Farm Bill

(Agricultural Energy Coalition/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today (September 12, 2012) called on Congress to pass a

September 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Issue Brief: Renewable Biomass Can Help Reduce U.S. Petroleum Dependence: Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Renewable biomass has a significant potential to improve U.S. energy security, advance

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

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