Washington, D.C., Oct 31, 2011 -- Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments To Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels
USDA Farm Bill Program Supports Job Creation
WASHINGTON, October 31, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 156 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
“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. 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.
Wisconsin leads the nation in number of projects announced, with 18. The projects vary from anaerobic digesters to wood pellet production and biodiesel trans esterification.
For example, in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Marth Peshtigo Pellet Company, LLC received a $36,651 payment. This wood pellet mill produces approximately 30,000 tons of pellets per year using wood shavings, sawdust and other clean waste wood from mills and manufacturers throughout the region. The pellets are used for residential heating. Marth pellets produce an average of 8000 BTU’s per pound. The operation is expected to save nine jobs.
In Clyman, Wisconsin, Badger Biodiesel, Inc. received a $115,833 payment. This biodiesel plant produces over 9.5 million gallons using animal fat, vegetable oil and greases. They have been in operation since 2006. The funding is expected to save six jobs.
USDA today is announcing $44.6 million in payments to 156 local producers and business-owners. For a complete listing of program recipients announced today, please click here.
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