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Application window opens for $700M in COVID payments for biofuel producers

Application window opens for $700M in COVID payments for biofuel producers

December 22, 2021 |

In Washington, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS or Agency), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the application window, application requirements and the availability of up to $700 million in payments to eligible biofuel producers for unexpected market losses as a result of COVID-19 in order to maintain a viable and […]

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Blue Biofuels and USDA ARS collaborate on boosting king grass yields

Blue Biofuels and USDA ARS collaborate on boosting king grass yields

December 16, 2021 |

In Florida, Blue Biofuels, Inc. and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are collaborating on optimizing the yields of Pennisetum hybridum, commonly known as king grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is using as feedstock for its patented cellulose to sugar (“CTS”) process. The USDA ARS and […]

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USDA researchers find carinata-based SAF could reduce GHG emissions 68%

USDA researchers find carinata-based SAF could reduce GHG emissions 68%

December 9, 2021 |

In Georgia, carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is an oilseed crop that can be grown across the southern U.S. during winter months. The oil obtained from crushed carinata seeds can be refined to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This could reduce up to 68 percent of carbon emissions compared to a unit of conventional […]

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USDA provides $800M to biofuels producers and infrastructure

USDA provides $800M to biofuels producers and infrastructure

December 8, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. The announcement includes $700 million to provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The Department will make the funds available through […]

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Biden Administration to release $70oM in trapped biofuels COVID relief, USDA pledges $100M for infrastructure

Biden Administration to release $70oM in trapped biofuels COVID relief, USDA pledges $100M for infrastructure

December 7, 2021 |

In Washinton, the Biden Administration announced $700 million in COVID relief funding for biofuels producers that had been appropriated roughly one year ago and the USDA announced they would soon be taking steps to make another $100 million available for higher-blend biofuels infrastructure. “We do want to say a strong thank you for the COVID […]

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USDA invests $633M in climate smart and resilient infrastructure

USDA invests $633M in climate smart and resilient infrastructure

December 6, 2021 |

In Washington, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday the US Department of Agriculture is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities. With the enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and as part of the broader Build Back Better agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in rural communities, […]

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USDA ARS researchers develop better way to make SAF from soybean oil

USDA ARS researchers develop better way to make SAF from soybean oil

November 25, 2021 |

In Illinois, scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Peoria, Illinois, have developed a way to make a better jet biofuel from soybean oil. Fatty acids from soybean oil can be turned into an array of industrial products normally made from petroleum, including fuel, ink and paints. One appeal of plant-based products is that […]

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RFA says Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize biorefineries

RFA says Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize biorefineries

November 3, 2021 |

In Washington, the USDA’s new Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize projects that will help farmers and downstream processors—like ethanol biorefineries—measure, verify, and monetize carbon sequestration and emissions reductions that result from new technologies and more efficient practices. This recommendation was one of many suggestions submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association Monday in response to […]

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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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Representatives DeLauro and Clark applaud USDA funding of first-ever National Institute for Cellular Agriculture

Representatives DeLauro and Clark applaud USDA funding of first-ever National Institute for Cellular Agriculture

October 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) joined The Good Food Institute in acknowledging the critical significance of USDA awarding Tufts University $10 million over five years to establish the National Institute for Cellular Agriculture – the creation of the first-ever U.S. government-funded cultivated protein research center of excellence and represents […]

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