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June 23, 2004

USDA Offers $13.2 Million for Biomass Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in early June the availability of $13.2 million in grants that could be used to support biomass energy projects. Although the grants are intended to support any value-added agricultural business venture—and have in the past gone to such items as new salad toppings, a pre-cooked wild rice product, and dried-fig products—the USDA will give priority consideration this year for applications that have at least 51 percent of costs dedicated to planning activities for a biomass energy project. Applications must be received by July 30th. See the USDA press release and the Value-Added Producer Grants Web site.