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June 11, 2014

USDA Announces Support for Renewable Biomass Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on May 20 announced $25 million for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will resume this summer.

BCAP employs three types of biomass assistance. For growing new biomass, BCAP provides financial assistance for 50% of the cost of establishing a perennial crop. To maintain the crop as it matures until harvest, BCAP provides an annual payment for up to five years for herbaceous crops, or up to 15 years for woody crops. To collect existing agriculture or forest residues that are not economically retrievable, BCAP provides matching payments for mitigating the cost of harvesting and transporting the materials to the facility that will use them. See the USDA news release.