Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Just in from Washington

Biofuels, Energy Groups Push for Farm Bill Energy Title

Washington--The Biotechnology Industry Organization and dozens of other renewable energy, environmental and other groups last week sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees asking for reauthorization and funding of farm bill energy title programs.

“The U.S. is experiencing strong growth in the development and commercialization of biofuels, bioproducts, biopower, biogas, energy crops, renewable energy and energy efficiency,” the groups wrote to Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). “These important and growing industries all benefit agriculture and forestry and are poised to make huge contributions to our economic, environmental and national security in the coming years, provided that we maintain stable policies that support clean energy manufacturing and innovation.”

The farm bill’s energy title programs are vital components in the continued growth of these industries, the groups said. They emphasized that the programs belong nowhere in the farm bill but in the energy title and that no federal or state agency is equipped to manage them as well as the Agriculture Department.

The letter was organized by the Agriculture Energy Coalition, a broad-based membership coalition of groups that represent renewable energy and bioproducts stakeholders.

Farm bill energy title support letter


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