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Education Update, No. 1, January 2013: Give Generously, Keep It Legally

About a month ago, one of the school’s families that owns a popular restaurant and bar held a special fundraising event whereby 20% of the proceeds from every meal served were donated to the school. The school sent out email...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...more

Capital Thinking Update - November 19, 2012

In This Issue: - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland Security -...more

Why Every Line of the Notice of Security Interest Should Be Completed

For many out-of-staters, the first image that comes to mind when they hear "Illinois" is downtown Chicago. Chicago's one of the world's great cities, but the fact is, much of Illinois is rural. The state's 76,000 farms cover...more

Guaranteeing California’s Renewable Energy Small Business Future

In late February, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) (in collaboration with State Controller John Chiang) introduced California Senate Bill 1465. The legislation would seek to provide credit support for small renewable...more

Advanced Biofuels Briefing: Washington Updates and Forthcoming Government Opportunities

The first quarter of 2012 delivered a significant amount of activity in the advanced biofuels sector, with initiatives at the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy...more

Applications Now Being Accepted for Key USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Authorized by...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules Regarding Agricultural Commodity Definition and Large Trader Reporting for Physical Commodity Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on July 7, 2011 held a public meeting to consider several final rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”). The CFTC approved...more

USDA Biofuels Loan Guarantee Program Interim Final Rule Gives Program Added Boost

On February 14, 2011, acting upon the significant input of Mintz Levin’s Mark J. Riedy, Stern Brothers’ John May, and Krieg DeVault’s John Kirkwood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its interim final rule...more

Minnesota Government Update - Week in Review - April 15, 2011

First Omnibus Bill Signed by the Governor The House and Senate passed the Conference Committee report on the Omnibus Agriculture Bill on Thursday. The House voted 107-20 in favor of the bill, and the Senate passed it 52-9....more

USDA Announces Availability Of Funding For Three Bioenergy Programs

Overview On March 12, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of fiscal year 2011 funding for three programs that were authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the “Farm...more

Energy & Clean Technology Alert - USDA 9003 Advanced Biofuel/Bioproduct Loan Guarantee Program Interim Final Rule & FY2011 NOFA

On February 14, acting upon the significant input of Mintz Levin’s Mark J. Riedy, Stern Brothers’ John May, and Krieg DeVault’s John Kirkwood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its interim final rule for the...more

Energy and Environment Update - February 13, 2011

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate: Government funding will be the central focus for Congress and the Administration this week, with the House considering a continuing resolution (CR) for the remainder of fiscal...more

CFTC to Create a Position Reporting System for Certain Physical Commodity Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on October 19, 2010, calling for the creation of a reporting system for derivatives deemed “economically equivalent” to commodity...more

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