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USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol. The report, A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol, finds that GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol in the United States are about 43 percent lower than gasoline when […]

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USDA awards REAP funding and loan guarantees including $3.9 million for Lakeview Biodiesel

USDA awards REAP funding and loan guarantees including $3.9 million for Lakeview Biodiesel

July 12, 2016 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 821 projects across the nation that will help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will be used to make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable […]

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USDA awards Mid America Agri Products $500,000 to boost ethanol production efficiency

USDA awards Mid America Agri Products $500,000 to boost ethanol production efficiency

October 27, 2015 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has selected Mid America Agri Products/Wheatland, LLC of Madrid, NE to receive $500,000 for technology to help boost ethanol production efficiency. Mid America Agri Products/Wheatland, LLC will utilize USDA funds to install a Cellunator system to provide secondary milling after the primary hammer milling to fine-tune […]

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Ag secretary announces launch of two rural business investment companies

Ag secretary announces launch of two rural business investment companies

April 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. This announcement is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America […]

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USDA announces $14.5 million in bioenergy funding

USDA announces $14.5 million in bioenergy funding

June 16, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA’s […]

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USDA opens applications for BCAP on June 16

USDA opens applications for BCAP on June 16

June 11, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Recap of the […]

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US Agriculture Secretary announced

US Agriculture Secretary announced

July 11, 2013 |

In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Foreign Agricultural Service awarded fiscal year 2013 funding to more than 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods. Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. MAP participants contribute an […]

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture

May 23, 2013 |

In Mexico, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement following his meeting with Mexico’s new Secretary of Agriculture, Enrique Martínez y Martínez, which reads in part: “In our wide-ranging discussions, Secretary Martínez and I committed to reenergize and revitalize the U.S.-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture, a forum that will enable us to address […]

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Secretary Tom Vilsack tours Renmatix facility in Pennsylvania

Secretary Tom Vilsack tours Renmatix facility in Pennsylvania

January 13, 2013 |

In Pennsylvania, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack toured King of Prussia last week to attend the opening of a new industrial sugars production facility, a new unit at Renmatix. The new BioFlex Conversion Unit (BCU) at Renmatix’s Pennsylvania facility builds on the company’s experience with hardwood biomass at its pilot facility in Georgia and will […]

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