U.S. Bioenergy, Agriculture Groups Urge Congress To Oppose Farm Bill

In the U.S., the American Biogas Council (ABC), the Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) and the Biomass Power Association (BPA) have come out against the H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. Over the past two years, these organizations have been working to advance the Farm Bill, legislation […]

In the U.S., the American Biogas Council (ABC), the Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) and the Biomass Power Association (BPA) have come out against the H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.

Over the past two years, these organizations have been working to advance the Farm Bill, legislation that supports the use of biomass and agricultural residues to produce energy. However, amendments affecting support for bioenergy programs have forced them to now oppose the legislation. The Bill will come before the full House of Representatives this week.

Many groups have already expressed opposition to the bill as it makes significant changes to programs that affect the dairy industry and the food stamps program. Among the issues for pro-agriculture and renewable energy groups is the fact that the bill also affects programs that addressing renewable energy and biofuels such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the Biorefinery Assistance Program, or the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. In addition, the bill eliminates the Energy Title and merges it with Rural Development, while removing mandatory funding for the programs contained within the Energy Title.

Energy Title-funded programs like the Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Biorefinery Assistance Program help deploy digesters in rural areas and enable farmers to turn waste into renewable energy and fuel. They usually help farmers both reduce the cost of managing on-farm material and generate new revenue streams that lead to better sustainability and resilience in the agriculture industry.

Read more on this from Bioenergy Insight at https://www.bioenergy-news.com/display_news/13691/bioenergy_and_agriculture_groups_urge_congress_to_oppose_house_farm_bill/.

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