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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Funding through Biomass Crop Assistance Program

On June 9, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon begin accepting applications for $12.5 million in matching payments under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The program aims to help offset feedstock collection and delivery costs to biomass conversion facilities (BCFs) which then use these residues to generate clean energy.

For fiscal year 2014, USDA is prioritizing two types of feedstocks:

  • Woody materials that are by-products of preventative treatment for hazardous fuel reductions or containment or reduction of disease or insect infestations and do not have an existing higher-value product market and are collected or harvested directly from public forestland; or

  • Agricultural residues or crop residues, including woody orchard waste, collected or harvested directly from agricultural lands, which include residues from agricultural land belonging to an Indian or Indian tribe that is held in trust by the United States or subject to a restriction against alienation imposed by the United States.

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Bryan Stockton, Director of Government Relations, Mintz Levin, Law firm
Director of Government Relations

Bryan works on a diverse set of issues for ML Strategies clients, including those concerning renewable energy, the environment, and public lands. He advises both start-up and large companies on various legislative and regulatory policies, such as the Department of Energy loan guarantee program, renewable energy tax policy, and regulatory policies impacting bioenergy and renewable energy production on federal lands. Bryan previously worked as a Senior Manager of Government Relations and as a Manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies.

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