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Secretary of Agriculture seeks to assure biofuel industry of USDA commitment to ethanol

Secretary of Agriculture seeks to assure biofuel industry of USDA commitment to ethanol

May 10, 2021 |

In Arizona, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered remarks to the leading voices of the biofuels industry at Growth Energy’s 12th Annual Executive Leadership Conference (ELC). In a video address, Sec. Vilsack outlined USDA’s commitment to the biofuel industry and discussed his focus on championing ethanol’s critical role for rural economies and in attaining the Biden Administration’s climate goals: “I’m certain that […]

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RFA sends comment letters to USDA on ethanol, ag and rural policy recommendations

RFA sends comment letters to USDA on ethanol, ag and rural policy recommendations

May 2, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., in separate comment letters submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association explained how expanded ethanol production and use can support the administration’s “climate-smart” agriculture goals and encouraged USDA to use the Rural Energy Pilot Program to support research into the use of ethanol for low-carbon power generation. In […]

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USDA to invest $18.4M in higher blend infrastructure in 20 states

USDA to invest $18.4M in higher blend infrastructure in 20 states

April 26, 2021 |

In Washington, in honor of Earth Day 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is USDA is investing $18.4 million in 20 states through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to build infrastructure to help expand the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels by approximately 218 million gallons per year. This will give consumers […]

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US Senators introduce Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act of 2021 to Expand Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

US Senators introduce Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act of 2021 to Expand Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

April 22, 2021 |

In Washington, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to expand renewable fuel infrastructure. The would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a grant program to support the deployment of renewable fuel infrastructure. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act of […]

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Senator Klobuchar takes credit for USDA providing biofuel producers with COVID bailout

Senator Klobuchar takes credit for USDA providing biofuel producers with COVID bailout

April 1, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will launch the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative to provide assistance for biofuel producers who have been hurt by the pandemic, among other farmers, ranchers, and producers. In May 2020, Klobuchar and […]

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USDA and EIA to update reporting to boost renewable diesel data

USDA and EIA to update reporting to boost renewable diesel data

March 8, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that in response to the increase interest in and demand for renewable diesel, the USDA is preparing to adjust its soy reporting in the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report while the Energy Information Administration is going to adjust its reporting as well to include more detailed data on […]

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Sens. Grassley and Klobuchar asks for USDA to quickly bailout ethanol and biodiesel producers

Sens. Grassley and Klobuchar asks for USDA to quickly bailout ethanol and biodiesel producers

March 8, 2021 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar have written a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture asking for him to release funds to assist ethanol and biodiesel plants as soon as possible. As much as $13 billion in funding from the previous coronavirus relief package was already available in December […]

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USDA Rural Development accepting applications for renewable energy systems

USDA Rural Development accepting applications for renewable energy systems

January 31, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., USDA Rural Development is now accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvements (REAP RES/EEI), with an application deadline of March 31, 2021. REAP applications for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance are due February 1, 2021. REAP projects strengthen American energy independence […]

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USDA opens about $22M in funding for higher ethanol and biodiesel blends

USDA opens about $22M in funding for higher ethanol and biodiesel blends

December 20, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S Department of Agriculture is offering another round of funding for its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program starting December 21st and closing on January 19th with about $22 million available to fueling stations, terminal operations, depots and similar entities for higher ethanol blends than E10 and higher biodiesel blends than B5. […]

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Iowa Biodiesel Board supports Biden pick for USDA head

Iowa Biodiesel Board supports Biden pick for USDA head

December 13, 2020 |

In Iowa, Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley applauded President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to choose former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a strong advocate of biofuels, to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley issued the following statement: “We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to choose Tom Vilsack as U.S. […]

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