Nov 1, 2011, Washington, DC - US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 156 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
By Scott Jamieson
"This funding will help local producers increase the production and
availability of renewable energy and thus help our nation begin to
reduce its reliance on foreign oil," Vilsack said. "Just as
importantly, USDA's support will help to further develop the nation's
growing biofuels industry and generate green jobs and economic growth."
The funding is being provided through USDA's Bioenergy Program for
Advanced Biofuels program. Under this program, payments are made to
eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of
advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of biofuels a
recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel
starch. Eligible examples include biofuels derived from cellulose; crop
residue; animal, food and yard waste material; biogas (landfill and
sewage waste treatment gas); vegetable oil, and animal fat. Through
this and other programs, USDA is working to support the research,
investment and infrastructure necessary to build a biofuels industry
that creates jobs and conserves natural resources across America.
The USDA announced $44.6 million in payments to 156 local producers and business-owners, producing everything from canola-based oils to pellets. A full list can be found here.