Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Fiscal Year 2009 funding is available again through three USDA programs to promote increased production of biomass and bioenergy. He says this funding will help the nation's advanced biofuel industry produce energy from sustainable rural resources, and in doing so create jobs and stimulate rural economies across the nation.
Funding applications for the Biorefinery Assistance Program, which uses loan guarantees to develop, construct, and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries, must be received by June 1, 2010.
Applications are also being accepted for remaining FY 2009 funding under the Repowering Assistance Program, which provides for payments to biorefineries that were in existence when the Farm Bill was passed to replace the use of fossil fuels in their operations with renewable energy from biomass. Applications are due June 15, 2010
And biomass producers eligible under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels may also apply to receive payment from remaining FY 2009 funds. Applications must be received by May 30, 2010.