Tag: Farm Bill

New USDA program supports innovation in agriculture

New USDA program supports innovation in agriculture

March 9, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the Algae Biomass Organization reports that Congress has just begun to develop more programs that can give their efforts a boost. One that will be of interest to algae cultivators, product developers and researchers is the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AGARDA), a new program created in the 2019 Farm Bill […]

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ACE was key to getting carbon sequestration farming techniques into 2018 Farm Bill

ACE was key to getting carbon sequestration farming techniques into 2018 Farm Bill

December 27, 2018 |

In Minnesota, the Star Tribune newspaper reports that the new $25 million program under the recently-signed Farm Bill that encourages farmers to experiment with low-till and no-till farming methods came about as a result of the American Coalition for Ethanol working together with the National Corn Growers Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council working […]

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Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

June 10, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Senate Agriculture Committee released their draft farm bill on Friday afternoon, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which includes serious blows for biofuel and biomass funding, while offering positive changes and expansions for dairy producers, the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, Conservation Reserve Program and other programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee is […]

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

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

April 5, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Special to The Digest Congress has made it a priority to try and return the annual appropriations process to regular order, following multiple years of passing late omnibus funding bills. Omnibus funding bills rob many successful programs of the individual evaluation they merit; the Farm Bill Energy […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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

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

June 15, 2015 |

By Cynthia Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources, special to The Digest The biobased products and fuels industry has been anxiously waiting for the new USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and with the addition of new categories for renewable chemicals and biobased products, there are […]

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Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

March 8, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental, Biotechnology Industry Organization  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) as well as published the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BIO and the industrial biotech sector worked hard to ensure that these and other […]

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House Appropriations Committee slashes mandatory Farm Bill spending

House Appropriations Committee slashes mandatory Farm Bill spending

May 19, 2014 |

In Washington, the House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill would reduce mandatory spending levels – agreed to earlier this year – for important Energy Title programs, including the Renewable Energy for America Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The Agriculture Energy Coalition […]

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USDA announces $60M worth of payments for 195 projects

USDA announces $60M worth of payments for 195 projects

March 9, 2014 |

In Washington, the USDA announced $60M worth of payments through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program for over 195 producers across the nation. Agriculture Undersecretary Doug O’Brien announced the payments, which were reauthorized by the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill, to produce advanced biofuels from renewable biomass other than corn kernel starch. More on the story.

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Farm Bill provides $250M to USDA for BAP, expands loan guarantees

Farm Bill provides $250M to USDA for BAP, expands loan guarantees

February 24, 2014 |

In Washington, the Farm Bill provides $250 million to the USDA for the development and construction of commercial-scale biorefineries that produce advanced biofuels in Section 9003. Mandatory budget authority for Section 9003 totals $100 million for this year, and $50 million for 2015 and 2016, and discretionary funding can reach $75 million. The bill also […]

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