Iowa Biodeisel Maker Counters Tax Group Argument

John Davis

A biodiesel producer is disputing claims by a taxpayer watchdog group that says producers of biofuels shouldn’t still be getting government assistance. This article in the Dubuque (IA) Telegraph Herald says a report by Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa received more than $2.5 million in tax-funded assistance between 2009 and 2014, and the …

Biodiesel, farm bill, Government

$14.5M in Bioenergy, Biomass Funding From USDA

Joanna Schroeder

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has announced up to $14.5 million in funding to two program funding through the 2014 Farm Bill. RD is accepting applications for companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering $2.5 …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, farm bill, Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Takes Hit in Farm Bill Funding

John Davis

Funding for some rural renewable energy programs is taking a hit. Ethanol Producer Magazine reports the House Appropriations Committee cut the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) down to just $15 million, down from last year’s levels of $25 million, and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2015 is proposed to be funded at just $30 million, down …

Biodiesel, biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, Government, Legislation

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Biofuels

John Davis

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on advanced biofuels. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says advanced biofuels are here now, and they are an important part of the energy title in the recently passed farm bill. “The Energy Title funds critical programs that helps our farmers produce energy from non-food sources and helps companies get low-interest loans …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, Government, Legislation, NASCAR

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light

John Davis

A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would allow hemp to be grown for research purposes, including making it into the green fuels. “Hemp is a great crop for biodiesel, and we’ve already started experimenting with …

Audio, biofuels, farm bill, Government, Legislation, Research

DF Cast: Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol Advocates

John Davis

Ethanol backers got their voices heard during the recent American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway March in Washington, D.C. And at least some lawmakers were listening. In this edition of the Domestic Fuel Cast, we talk to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who met with ACE and its supporters and all …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, Domestic Fuel Cast, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, food and fuel, Government, Legislation

Farm Bill Boosts Biodiesel-based Bioheat

John Davis

One of the big winners in the recent passage of the $1 trillion Farm Bill was the reauthorization of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) and the biodiesel-based heating fuel, Bioheat. This article from Biodiesel Magazine says the five-year extension of the program will boost Bioheat in this country. The new bill encourages greater research on Bioheat with the goal …

Biodiesel, farm bill, Government

Both Farm Bill and RFS Important

Cindy Zimmerman

Signing the new farm bill into law on Friday, President Obama commented that the legislation “supports businesses working to develop cutting edge biofuels” which have the “potential to create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” The president also announced a new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative “to help more rural businesses expand and hire and …

advance biofuels, BIO, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, RFA, RFS

President Signs Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014 at the alma mater of Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “Despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers,” President Obama told the small crowd invited for the signing. “Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an …

Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, Government

What do You Like in New Farm Bill

Chuck Zimmerman

Before we get to our new ZimmPoll let’s look at our latest one which asked the question, “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?” Well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would …

farm bill, Farming, ZimmPoll