Tag: tom vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary confident that Covid aid for biofuel producers coming soon

U.S. Agriculture Secretary confident that Covid aid for biofuel producers coming soon

October 24, 2021 |

In Iowa, Brownfield Ag News reports that U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is confident financial assistance for biofuel producers impacted by COVID-19 will be available soon. Speaking to reporters during a farm visit in central Iowa, Vilsack said many of the programs included in the American Rescue Plan were new and required additional thought on […]

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USDA unveils Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative

USDA unveils Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative

September 29, 2021 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a comprehensive set of investments to address challenges facing America’s agricultural producers. These include assistance to address challenges and costs associated with drought, animal health, market disruptions for agricultural commodities, and school food supply chain issues. Secretary Vilsack also outlined and requested public comments on a new climate […]

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USDA awards $464M for renewable energy infrastructure

USDA awards $464M for renewable energy infrastructure

September 9, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. “USDA continues to prioritize climate-smart infrastructure to help rural America build back better, […]

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USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

August 1, 2021 |

In Iowa, the U.S. Grains Council is holding its annual meeting in person in Des Moines, Iowa, and online, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary in the Biden Administration, Tom Vilsack, who addressed meeting attendees about the future of U.S. agricultural trade. […]

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Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture for second time

Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture for second time

February 23, 2021 |

In Washington, the Des Moines Register newspaper reported that the US Senate confirmed in a 92-7 vote to return former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the position in the Biden Administration. Bernie Sanders and Republicans Josh Hawley of Missouri, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas were among those who voted against […]

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Vilsack reconfirms commitment to biofuels if Senate green lights him again

Vilsack reconfirms commitment to biofuels if Senate green lights him again

February 3, 2021 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports former Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack voiced his continued commitment to renewable fuels during his Senate hearing to again take up the post of Secretary of Agriculture. There are concerns amongst the biofuels industry because of President Biden’s vocal and active support of a transition […]

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Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

September 20, 2020 |

In Iowa, former Secretary Tom Vilsack and former Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge said that Trump’s $300 million aid package for oil and gas companies that may come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation, the same program that would assist struggling farmers and biofuels producers, is “insulting” when similar requests for farmers […]

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Iowa Senate Dem. candidate calls for EPA administrator’s resignation

Iowa Senate Dem. candidate calls for EPA administrator’s resignation

August 27, 2020 |

In Iowa, at a virtual event with former Iowa Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Wapello County educator Melinda Jones last night, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield highlighted and answered questions about her commitment to creating more opportunity throughout rural Iowa, including supporting biofuels. Theresa and Gov. Vilsack laid out how Senator Joni Ernst […]

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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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