Category: Policy News

USDA announces notice of funding availability for Value-Added Producer Grants

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $10.5 million in USDA grants to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give them a competitive business edge. The funding is being made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Grants are available to help agricultural producers create new products, expand […]

November 28, 2013 More

Government of Canada supports Ag-Bio Centre business incubator

In Canada, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse and Les Etchemins and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Ag-Bio Centre business incubator has been granted funding to continue supporting innovative startups in the biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology and environmental sciences sectors.  This assistance, granted in the form of $280,000 in […]

November 26, 2013 More

Global Bioenergies secures a €5.7 million grant to proceed with its second industrial pilot in Germany

In France, Global Bioenergies announced its decision to construct its second industrial pilot on the site of the Leuna refinery, in Germany. This new pilot plant, to be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research through a EUR 5.7 million grant, will include a 3 year study at the Fraunhofer Center for […]

November 21, 2013 More

University of Guelph gets $2.4 million via Canada Research Chairs Program

In Canada, two new Canada Research Chairs and renewal of an existing CRC at the University of Guelph were announced in Calgary by Greg Rickford, minister of state (science and technology). The three Guelph chairs are worth $2.4 million in support. One chair is a Tier 1 chair in Soft Matter and Biological Physics held […]

November 19, 2013 More

CCEMC shortlists 55 projects for the first round of funding from its international $35 million Grand Challenge

In Canada, the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation as has invited full proposals from 55 projects from around the world for the first round of its $35 million Grand Challenge, which is seeking to create new products and markets based on the utilization and conversion of carbon dioxide. Shortlisted projects are diverse and include […]

November 14, 2013 More

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack releases new statement on the need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement upon the release of Rural America at a Glance, 2013 Edition by USDA’s Economic Research Service: “Today’s annual report by USDA’s Economic Research Service – Rural America at a Glance, 2013 Edition – highlights the critical need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill […]

November 12, 2013 More

Cereplast reports U.S. legislative climate creating opportunities for bioplastics industry

In Indiana, Cereplast reports that the U.S. legislative climate is creating potential opportunities for the bioplastics industry. The Federal Trade Commission recently announced several enforcement actions against plastics companies for not complying with the FTC Green Guides. This marks the first time the agency is addressing biodegradable plastic claims. The enforcement actions relate specifically to […]

November 7, 2013 More

Government of Canada partners with industry to develop biomaterials for cars and houses

In Canada, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), along with the National Research Council of Canada, announced the launch of the Industrial Biomaterials program, a new initiative that will help create more fuel-efficient vehicles and greener construction materials. The Industrial Biomaterials program is a $55-million initiative over five years consisting of […]

November 5, 2013 More

Meloda awarded €1 million in EU FP7 grants

In Israel, Melodea Ltd. announced it has been awarded above €1 million in three projects of the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7). The first project is BRIMMEE, which aims to develop insulating boards to attach to the exterior and interior of old buildings walls to improve insulation and reduce energy consumption, using its Nano […]

October 31, 2013 More

European Union Environmental Commission supports national plastic bag ban and tax

In Indiana, Cereplast reports that in recent document, the EU Environmental Commission stated that they support an amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC (PPWD) that would require all member states of the EU to ban or tax the use of conventional plastic carrier bags that are 50 microns or less. The law […]

October 29, 2013 More