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Tom Vilsack

USDA Report: Biobased Products Contribute $393 Billion, 4.2 Million Jobs

A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s recovering economy. The report also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over that […]

Report Shows U.S. Bio-Based Products Industry Contributes $369 Billion To Economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. bio-based industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. He also announced changes under the 2014 Farm Bill that will create additional opportunities for growth in renewable plant-based materials, supporting the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop a new, […]

USDA Awards Funds To Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy Markets

Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states. “Working with our partners, the Forest Service is promoting deployment […]

USDA Improves Forest Health By Harvesting Biomass For Energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provided incentives for the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands for renewable energy, while […]

USDA Guarantees $91 Million For Cool Planet’s Louisiana Biofuel Plant

Cool Planet Energy Systems recently was issued a $91MM conditional commitment from the United States Department of Agriculture for a loan guarantee to support construction of the company’s first commercial manufacturing plant. The facility will be located at the Port of Alexandria, Louisiana. “We would like to thank the USDA for its commitment to commercialization […]

Interfor’s Oregon Sawmill Selected For U.S. Federal Biomass Program

Canadian lumber firm Interfor Corp. said one of its Oregon sawmills has been selected to participate in a federal program in the United States encouraging the production of biomass. According to Interfor, its sawmill in Gilchrist, Ore., southeast of Portland, was chosen by the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in the […]

USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities To Accept Biomass Deliveries

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July […]

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Applications For Wood To Energy Projects

As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service today announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. Also today, the Forest Service released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood […]

USDA Grant Aims To Convert Beetle-Killed Trees Into Biofuel

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it has awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute […]

USDA Offers $181 Million To Help Build Advanced Biofuel Refineries

The U.S. government on Monday announced $181 million in loan guarantees to build commercial-size refineries making advanced biofuels or to retrofit existing biorefineries to produce the cleaner-burning renewable fuels. Since 2008, the Agriculture Department has provided $684 million through the Biorefinery Assistance Program to support projects in eight states. Applications for the latest round of […]

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