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USDA Accepting Biomass Assistance Applications

On July 29, 2009, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced that biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which will help increase production of renewable energy.  The program, authorized in the 2008 farm bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to … Continue Reading

SHOW ME THE MONEY:Funding of $85 million for Algal and Advanced Biofuels

  The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) today announced Recovery Act funding of up to $85 million over a three year period for the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels. DOE wants leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and government to collaborate in developing advanced biofuels and a thriving domestic bio-industry. … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Applications Available now for Washington’s State Energy Program

On July 1, 2009, Washington State’s Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (“CTED”) issued application guidelines and forms for its State Energy Program (“SEP”) (available by clicking here). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”) provided $60.9 million in new funding for Washington’s SEP. Subsequently, the Washington Legislature allocated $38.5 million to … Continue Reading

NEW HOPE FOR SHUTTERED MINN. BIODIESEL PLANT

A Minnesota biodiesel plant that has been shuttered for more than one year was approved for a $25 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”).   This loan is the second made by its Rural Development division under Section 9003 of the Farm Bill (the Biorefinery Assistance Program). The loan is to help SoyMor … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $57 million Deployed to 30 Biomass Projects

On June 11, 2009, the Department of Agriculture ("USDA") announced that thirty projects, located in fourteen states, would receive $57 million in Recovery Act funding.  Of these funds, $49 million will be for wood-to-energy grants and $8 million is for biomass utilization. These funds will serve two important objectives.  First, the funds will promote the development of … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: USDA funded Research for Small Businesses

The Department of Agriculture ("USDA") is now accepting proposals for its Small Business Innovation Research Program ("SBIR").  SBIR has $18.5 million available to fund research projects that address important problems facing American agriculture.  Research areas include, but are not limited to: Biofuels and biobased products; Air, water, and soils; Rural development; Aquaculture; and Animal Manure management Individual … Continue Reading

Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The USDA has released a proposed Notification for Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) of eligible biomass material.  CHST is one of the programs under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was created by the 2008 Farm Bill.   The purpose of CHST is to provide matching funds to eligible persons or entities for the collection, … Continue Reading

Show Me the Money: Renewable Energy Financing in the Farm Bill

In an earlier blog, my colleague, Debra Frimerman reported about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. REAP is a program under the Food, Conservation, and Energy … Continue Reading

$480 Million Available for Integrated Biorefinery Projects

Last week DOE released a new funding opportunity announcement for up to $480 million for pilot-scale and demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery projects. An integrated biorefinery uses an “acceptable feedstock” to produce a biofuel or bioproduct as the “primary product.” Acceptable feedstocks include: Algae Certain woody biomass Renewable plant materials so long as it is not generally intended for use … Continue Reading

$18 Million of Value-Added Producer Grants Available

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for $18 million in Value-Added Producer Grants.  Funds are available for value-added agricultural projects, including farm-based renewable energy projects, for either planning or working capital purposes.  Examples of eligible projects include developing ethanol and biodiesel plants, pelletizing biomass and installing anaerobic digesters. The maximum grant award is $100,000 for a planning grant … Continue Reading
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