ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct 31, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced over $2.5 million in payments for six advanced biofuels producers in Minnesota to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
“This funding helps local producers increase the production of renewable energy and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil,” Landkamer said. “This funding also supports job development and creation in the growing biofuels industry.”
Minnesota producers receiving payments include:
• Cargill -- $1,267,659 for an anaerobic digester and biodiesel production
• District 45 Dairy -- $16,236 for an anaerobic digester
• Ever Cat Fuels -- $70,583 for biodiesel transesterification
• Minnesota Soybean Processors -- $1,165,913 for biodiesel trans esterification
• Riverview, LLP -- $16,417 for an anaerobic digester
• West River Dairy -- $15,873 for an anaerobic digester.
The funding is being provided through USDA’s Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. 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 Minnesota projects were part of a $44.6 million in payments to 156 producers throughout the United States.
USDA Rural Development has invested about $2.5 billion throughout Minnesota since 2009. In addition to renewable energy projects, Rural Development also finances home loans, infrastructure, community facilities, rural businesses and high-speed Internet.
To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn.