Pellet producers awarded USDA payments
The USDA recently announced a new round of payments to biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement Sept. 12 on behalf of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Omaha, Neb.
The program was established by the 2008 Farm Bill. It makes payments to eligible biofuel producers based on the quantity of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn starch. The program is not limited to traditional liquid biofuel producers, pellet produces and biogas producers can also be eligible for payments. Approximately three dozen pellet producers received payments under this funding round.