Short Takes in Biofuels for April 30: The US Farm Bill

April 30, 2013 |

In Washington, more than 100 national, state and regional organizations delivered a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees urging them to adopt a new Farm Bill with robust mandatory funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

“In the midst of an economic downturn, the U.S. agricultural sector has been remarkably resilient because American farmers have been willing to diversify and innovate. The expansion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and the emerging national bioeconomy have been vital components of that diversification,” said Lloyd Ritter, Agriculture Energy Coalition co-director.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Industrial & Environmental Section, added, “Farm Bill energy programs have a strong track record of helping to unlock investment capital for new technology. While the programs remain unfunded, the U.S. is losing economic growth and job opportunities to other countries.”

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