Washington, DC, Oct 04, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA will make payments to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support and ensure the production and expansion of advanced biofuels. Three Nebraska based companies are among those receiving payments.
Ag Processing, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska has been selected to receive a $2,177,108 contract payment to help offset the costs of producing advanced biodiesel from soybean and other vegetable oils produced in its Sergeant Bluffs, Iowa and St. Joseph, Missouri facilities.
In Fremont, Nebraska, Horizon Biofuels Inc. will use the contract payment of $1,844 to assist with costs associated with the production of biomass pellets from waste wood materials.
KAAPA Ethanol, LLC of Minden, Nebraska will utilize a payment of $1,028 towards the production of advanced ethanol fuel derived from sorghum produced in the Minden, Nebraska facility.
"Renewable energy production will create tens of thousands of direct, American jobs; thousands more indirect jobs, and clean electricity to power millions of homes. The payments I have announced represent the continuing commitment of the Obama administration to work with producers to provide the biofuels necessary to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources," Vilsack said. "The payments support America's growing advanced biofuels industry."
The payments are authorized under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (Section 9005 of the 2008 Farm Bill) and 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.
To see a list of the recipients announced today click here.
On September 8, President Obama presented the American Jobs Act in an address to Congress. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. The American Jobs Act is specific. It will put people back to work right now, and it will not add to the deficit. Through a combination of direct spending, such as infrastructure investments, and tax relief, such as an extension of the payroll tax cuts, it will lead to new American jobs. Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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.