Great Green Fleet Deployed

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony Wednesday in California. At the end of the ceremony, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale left the pier to begin its deployment, becoming …

biofuels, Government, military, USDA

Vilsack Featured Speaker at Nat’l Ethanol Conference

John Davis

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been named to the lineup for this year’s National Ethanol Conference. The gathering, going on Feb. 15-17 in New Orleans, is the most widely attended executive level conference for the ethanol industry. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, was praised by the Renewable Fuels Association as being a long-time ally of ethanol. Vilsack …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, USDA

Secy Vilsack: Continue to Tout Biofuel Benefits

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, spent the morning back in his home state of Iowa (Vilsack is a former Iowa Governor) to kick off the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. He began his remarks by saying its great to be back in Iowa and great to be back in front of folks who understand the importance …

advance biofuels, Audio, aviation biofuels, Biodiesel, biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, IRFA Renewable Fuels Summit, RFS, USDA

USDA Highlights 2015 Energy Achievements

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a list of USDA’s top achievements in 2015 in the areas of trade, food security, conservation, energy, research, rural development, and more. “Even with challenges in 2015, including an unprecedented animal disease outbreak and lower commodity prices, America’s rural communities have proven once again that we are a nation of makers, creators and innovators, …

bioenergy, biofuels, Ethanol, USDA

USDA Gives $70 Mil Loan Guarantee for Biofuel Plant

John Davis

A cellulosic biofuel plant in Georgia will get built, thanks in part to a $70 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee. This news release from USDA says the money is being made available through the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program. “There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet,” …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Government, USDA

Camelina Serves Biodiesel and Bees

John Davis

Camelina is pulling double duty as a biodiesel source and a cover crop. And this article from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is also keeping bees well fed. [S]cientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that its flowering period can provide honey bees and other insects with a critical, early-spring source of nectar and pollen that’s …

Biodiesel, USDA

USDA Announces Biofuels Infrastructure Funds

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was at a Citgo station in Kissimmee, Florida today to announce a USDA partnership to increase fueling pumps for biofuels in 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The investment will nearly double the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists. “The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is one more example of …

Audio, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, Protec Fuel, USDA

Maine Biomass Plant Gets $500K USDA Grant

John Davis

A Maine-based power plant is getting $556,520 in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants. This article from BDN Maine says Athens Energy is getting the money to build a new biomass-fueled power generator that runs on wood waste from logging and timberland thinning operations. The USDA said the proposed Athens biomass plant would produce enough electricity to power about 5,409 homes. …

biomass, Solar, USDA

USDA Announces Funding for Biofuel Infrastructure

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to help provide access to more renewable fuels for America’s drivers. “The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is one approach USDA is using to aggressively pursue investments in American-grown renewable energy to create new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, help Americans save money …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers, USDA