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Sign-up for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Ends May 27, 2011

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Liza C. Moore
Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update
May 2011

Project area proposals for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) must be submitted by close of business May 27, 2011. Authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, BCAP provides incentives to eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners for producing biomass corps for heat, power, bio-based products and biofuels. BCAP provides two categories of assistance (1) matching payments that may be available for the delivery of eligible materials to qualified biomass conversion facilities and (2) established annual payments that may be available to producers entering into contracts with the Commodity Credit Corporation to produce eligible biomass crops on contract acres within BCAP project areas.

Acting Administrator Val Dolcini commented that "The nation that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century. BCAP can help rural communities save money, create jobs and improve air quality while reducing the demand for fossil fuels." "I encourage all those interested in participating in this program to contact their Farm Service Agency (FSA) state office for details," Dolcini said.

For more information, visit the USDA Farm Service Agency’s website pertaining to BCAP (which contains numerous application forms) or contact Kelly Novak at (202) 720-4053 or cepdmail@wdc.usda.gov.