Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess says biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program which will help increase production of renewable energy. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to biomass conversion facilities and FSA will provide financial assistance to collect, harvest, store and transport eligible materials.
Once an agreement is signed between FSA and a facility and funding through the program is provided, the facilities can begin accepting materials. The matching CHST payments are paid at a rate of $1 for $1 per dry-ton equivalent received from a qualified biomass conversion facility, not to exceed $45 per dry-ton equivalent. A biomass owner is eligible to receive payments for two years.
Biomass conversion facilities and material owners or producers should contact their FSA state offices or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp for more information.