Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK

USDA accepting applications for two programs established in 2008 Farm Bill

On June 12 the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published two notices in the Federal Register announcing that funding will be made available for two programs established under Title IX of the 2008 Farm Bill. One of these programs, the Repowering Assistance program, is designed to provide payments to biorefineries that replace fossil fuel-derived heat and power with renewable biomass heat and power systems. The bill provides a total of $35 million in funding for fiscal year 2009, and authorized $15 of that funding for fiscal years 2009 through 2012.READ MORE

BCAP Webinar informs, addresses concerns

Sustainability and availability of biomass crops is a crucial element to a potential biomass market, as outlined by two of three presenters who participated in a Biomass Crop Assistance Program Webinar hosted by the Minnesota Project on June 25. Farmers, landowners and producers from all over the country, especially the Midwest, participated in the webinar to learn more about BCAP, which is part of the 2008 Farm Bill. A Notification of Funds Availability for the program was released June 11, specifying that matching funds can total up to $45 per dry ton of biomass, for up to two years.READ MORE

UT expands switchgrass incentive program

Thirty-eight eastern Tennessee farmers, up 26 from last year, will plant 1,901 acres of switchgrass during the second season of the University of Tennessee's switchgrass farmer incentive program. The switchgrass will be used to produce cellulosic ethanol at the state's first demonstration-scale biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn., which is expected to be operational late this year. UT partnered with DuPont-Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC for the pilot plant.READ MORE

BioEnergy International forms biobased chemical company; partners with University of Florida

BioEnergy International LLC, a privately-held biotech developer and manufacturer of next-generation renewable biochemicals and biofuels, recently announced the formation of Myriant Technologies LLC to incorporate all of its biobased chemicals business and intellectual property. BioEnergy will continue its pursuit of biofuels opportunities, including its commerical-scale ethanol plant in Clearfield, Penn., which is expected to begin operations in January 2010.READ MORE

Indiana presents state agriculture roadmap

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman presented what she called a roadmap to continue the growth of the state's agriculture industry on June 25. The announcement was made at Kelsay Dairy, a six-generation dairy farm in rural Johnson County, Ind. The roadmap, which will guide the Indiana State Department of Agriculture over the next four years, is an update to the state's strategic plan. Looking ahead, bioenergy holds great promise in Indiana, state officials said.READ MORE

US House passes climate change bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 on June 26 by a vote of 219 to 212. The legislation, which seeks to establish a federal carbon cap-and-trade program, also includes a provision regarding indirect land use change. "The American people know that the nation that leads in building a 21st century clean energy economy is the nation that will lead in creating a 21st century global economy," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement released after the House vote. "I want America to be that nation. And with this vote, the House has put America on the path to being that nation."READ MORE
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