WASHINGTON, Jan 10, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding to 120 recipients in 33 states to accelerate the production and usage of advanced biofuels. The Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels program is authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (The Farm Bill).
"The Obama Administration is working aggressively to give our nation's rural communities, farmers, ranchers and producers of biofuels the financial tools they need to help bring greater energy independence to America," Vilsack said. "This funding will help the nation's advanced biofuels industry produce energy from sustainable rural resources, and in doing so create jobs and stimulate rural economies across the nation."
Under Section 9005, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, payments are made to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of advanced 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.
The Obama Administration is working to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil by creating alternative energy sources and promoting economic development and job creation.
The producer payments are intended to help biorefineries – a necessary step towards meeting the nation's energy needs. The following is a list of biofuels producers that have received funding under USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Recipients of payments less than $500 are not listed.
Hawaii's Section 9005 recipient, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., is recognized as one of the first commercially viable biodiesel plants in the U.S. Pacific Biodiesel is a 12-year old company that diverts used cooking and grease trap oil from landfills and converts it to biodiesel for sale to wholesale and retail operations throughout the state of Hawaii. The company received a $6,104.86 payment.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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