Missouri farmers will have until close of business on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, to sign up for participation in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program within approved project areas. This extends the original deadline of Sept. 16 by an additional week.
"BCAP is an effort that will create jobs and stimulate rural economies across the nation, and we want to make certain we have reached as many farmers and ranchers as possible in those BCAP project areas that aren't yet fully subscribed," said Bruce Nelson, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator. "The Obama Administration is committed to providing financial opportunities to rural communities, farmers and ranchers to produce biomass which will be converted to renewable fuels and increase America's energy independence."
BCAP, created in the 2008 Farm Bill, helps farmers and forest land owners with startup costs for planting new energy crops in approved project areas that can take several years to reach maturity until harvest. BCAP is the only federal program that expedites the production of biomass crops to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil, improve domestic energy security, reduce pollution and spur rural job creation.
BCAP Project Areas currently accepting enrollment are:
Project Area 1 (sponsor: Show Me Energy Cooperative, Centerview) — up to 50,000 acres of perennial native grasses and forbs, such as switchgrass, big bluestem, and purple prairie clover, in addition to suitable stands of native grasses, legumes and forbs. Eligible counties include: Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Cass, Carroll, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Morgan, Pettis, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Saline and Vernon.
Project Area 3 (sponsor: MFA Oil Biomass LLC, Columbia) — up to 3,400 acres of giant miscanthus in following central Missouri counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Monroe and Randolph.
Project Area 4 (sponsor: MFA Oil Biomass LLC, Aurora) — up to 3,850 acres of giant miscanthus in following southwest Missouri counties: Barry, Christian, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton and Stone.Source: USDAS-FSA office