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June 18, 2014

USDA Announces $14 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on June 13 announced $14 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs. USDA's Rural Development (RD) program announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $2.5 million in grants to enhance national energy security through the development of bio-based transportation fuels, biopower, and new bio-based products.

USDA plans to make up to $12 million in payments for eligible biorefineries through RD's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008, are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels—used to produce heat or power—with renewable biomass. See the USDA news release.