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Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 2018 Farm Bill

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On September 28, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” to gather stakeholder input regarding the...more

Funding Opportunities Available for Energy Development on Tribal Lands

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As the Trump Administration seeks to promote American energy independence, new funding opportunities for deploying tribal energy projects on tribal lands are now available. These opportunities are the first step by the...more

Trump Releases Proposed Budget For FY 2018

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released the Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

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President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

USDA Looks Back On Growth Of Bio-Based Economy And Renewable Energy

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On October 4, 2016, Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development, posted a blog item “The Bio-Based Economy and Renewable Energy: USDA’s Record of Success,” reviewing the history...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

Recipients Of $8.8 Million In Advanced Biofuel Payment Program Funding Announced

On May 27, 2016, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of $8.8 million to increase production of advanced biofuels in 39 states. The USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program is providing the funding with payments...more

USDA Exploring Ways To Increase U.S. And Mexican Renewable Energy Sectors

On May 23, 2016, USDA announced that a team of U.S. ethanol industry leaders would travel to Mexico with Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse to explore opportunities to expand the United States' and Mexico's...more

Tom Vilsack Responds To Studies On Evolution Of Ethanol Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 16, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded to two recent reports on ethanol and renewable fuels. The first report was published by USDA and is on "2015 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry," and...more

USDA REAP loan guarantee Maine funding available

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Funding is available for energy projects at Maine's rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the USDA Rural Development agency's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). At stake is about $200 million in...more

Highlights from DOE’s “Bioproducts in the Bioeconomy” Webinar

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On Monday, October 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented “Bioproducts in the Federal Bioeconomy Portfolio Webinar,” a webinar on how the federal government is promoting sustainability through three different...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

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On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be...more

USDA Invests In Rural Energy For America Program

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On August 7, 2015, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in loans and grants to be distributed through its Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $63 million is divided among 264 renewable energy and energy...more

DOE Looking For Additions To Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee

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As reported in last week's update, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy put out a call for nominations for candidates to join the Biomass Research and Development (R&D)...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2015

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EPA Seeks Comment On Series 810 Test Guidelines: On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability for comment of several Series 810, non-binding, draft test guidelines developed by...more

Senators Sign Letter Of Support For Consistent Federal Biomass Policy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 30, 2015, 46 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the EPA, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and USDA stating that "[f]ederal policies across all departments and agencies must remove any uncertainties and contradictions...more

USDA Announces Biobased Products Report And Changes To Biobased Programs

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 17, 2015, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report to congress that builds on the Why Biobased? report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014. The new report, An...more

USDA Is Now Accepting Applications From States For Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 12, 2015, the USDA began accepting applications for grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). Through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), BIP will provide up to $100 million in grants to support...more

USDA Releases 2016 Budget Request, Continues To Support Rural Renewable Energy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its fiscal year 2016 budget request on February 2, 2015. The proposed budget is $156 billion total, with $6 billion going directly to loans that will encourage cleaner fossil...more

USDA Revises Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP is intended to help mainly businesses, as well as some state, local, and tribal...more

$91 Million Loan Guarantee To Louisiana Biofuel Plant

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 3, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA reached an agreement with Silicon Valley Bank to provide a $91 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee to Cool Planet for a biofuel plant in...more

USDA awards $68 million for energy projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $68 million in grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The latest round of awards under the agency's Rural Development arm's Rural...more

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announces Solicitation Of Applications For The Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an initial notice announcing the timeframes to submit applications for participation in the Advanced Biofuels Payment Program. Applications for...more

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