February 25, 2020

Biofuels; Trade; Environmental Issues; Climate; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; and Political Notes


Reuters writer Charles Abbott reported yesterday that, β€œPioneers in cellulosic ethanol, tapped to leapfrog corn-based ethanol, say they are studying or plan to use a new U.S. program that pays farmers and forest owners to experiment with energy crops.

β€œThe Biomass Crop Assistance Program, estimated to cost $461 million, took effect on Wednesday. A wide variety of materials are eligible for support, from wood chips and crop residues to switchgrass, woody plants, algae and animal and food waste.

β€œU.S. officials say the program will assure a supply of non-food feedstocks as the infant cellulosic industry grows.”