US House Farm Bill draft retains important energy title programs

By Ron Kotrba | July 09, 2012

Following the U.S. Senate passage of its version of the Farm Bill in June, the House of Representatives released its own initial draft of the bill July 5, scheduled for mark-up this week. While the mark-up is sure to alter the House’s draft, the initial copy does retain energy title programs that are important to the U.S. biodiesel industry.

The House draft contains no mandatory funding for energy title programs, but it does authorize annual funding for years 2013-'17 to the tune of $75 million for the Biorefinery Assistance Program; $50 million for the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels; $75 million for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program; $45 million for the Rural Energy for America Program; and $2 million for the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, doubling the mandatory funding approved in the Senate Farm Bill. 

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