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USDA will install a lot of new biofuel pumps in the US

More Than 5,000 New Pumps Planned

USDA announces plan to nearly double the number of biofuel pumps across the country with $100 million in grants to match state-level and private funding.

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U.S. farmers say government should rethink ethanol policy during drought

There's one more reason why a higher ethanol-blend requirement is a hot-button issue: drought.

USDA: Advanced biofuel payouts will create jobs, jobs and even more jobs

Let's create jobs while concurrently expanding the U.S. output of advanced biofuels, says Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

USDA, DOE and U.S. Navy seek input to commercialize advanced drop-in biofuels

Advanced, drop-in biofuels seem to be all the rage. Perhaps that's why the United States Departments of Agriculture and Energy, along with the U.S. Navy, have announced the next step in creating a public-private partnership to develop and commercialize them.

USDA, DOE award $12.2 million to 10 bioenergy crop projects

The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have awarded ten grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research in biofuel and bioenergy crops. The specific goal is to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing bioenergy crops.

USDA says biodiesel offers fossil energy ratio of 5.54 to 1

Researchers from the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have analyzed the energy life cycle of soybean-based biodiesel and presented updated data showing the renewable fuel offers a fossil energy ratio of 5.54 to 1. This isn't a typo. The 5.54:1 ratio comes mostly from the "free" power of the sun that helps the crops grow.

Government to offer gas stations incentives for installing E85 pumps

Last Friday, the Obama administration announced that it will offer incentives to gasoline stations that install E85 (a fuel consisting of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) pumps as part of the government's effort to boost the use of biofuels. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that the administration has set a target of having 10,000 additional E85 pumps nationwide over the next five years. In a statement issued on Friday, Vi

USDA mulls insurance program for biofuel crop producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon explore the feasibility of offering crop insurance to producers of biofuel feedstocks ranging from straw to corn stover to woody biomass. This feasibility evaluation, to be funded by the Risk Management Agency, builds upon the USDA's ongoing effort to insure growers of switchgrass, energy cane and camelina.

USDA chief: Don't like ethanol? Too bad, since the industry "has pretty much been built"

Is all of the political fighting over ethanol subsidies kind of a moot point? Not entirely, but arguing over the role the biofuel will play in America in the future might be. This is the take from USDA chief economist Joe Glauber, who told Sebastian Blanco

USDA Secretary Vilsack announces bio-jet fuel research, Biomass Crop Assistance Programs

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today at the National Press Club in downtown Washington that his agency would give a boost to biofuel producers through a Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Vilsack said the USDA will soon publish the BCAP's final rule, and that means eligible biomass producers will be able to get money from the USDA. The BCAP operated as a trial program last year. Here's how it works:

USDA's Renewable Fuels Standard "roadmap" expects 7.9 billion gallons of non-corn biofuel by 2022

The U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS2) becomes effective Thursday, July 1 and it describes a whole lot of changes for the biofuels industry in the U.S in the coming decade or so. To prepare for the changes and to figure out just what's even possible, the USDA issued a "Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022" last week. One thing that's not changing – not yet, anyway - is the dominating role of ethanol made from corn in the U.S.

Ugly watermelons = ethanol opportunity

America, your apparent hatred for disfigured fruit means we may have a big, untapped biomass source to make ethanol. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Oklahoma has been testing ways to make the simple sugars found in watermelons into ethanol, and the USDA is now reporting some success on that front.

USDA gets Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicle for Project Highway test

Even with all of GM's problems, the big Project Driveway endeavor continues. The latest addition to the ranks hydrogen-fueled Equinox test vehicle drivers is the USDA, which took delivery of an Equinox this week. The USDA will drive the fuel cell vehicle for the next six months "to transport top leadership and Congressional Relations Staff on official business on Capitol Hill" so GM will get

World to suffer corn shortage as ethanol demand increases

The Department of Agriculture predicts that the U.S., which exports 45-50 million tons of corn yearly, will instead convert 50 million tons to ethanol next year. Last year alone the country exported over 40 million tons which is enough to feed over 130 million people.