Thursday, October 18, 2012

USDA Announces Nation's Sixth Regional Biofuels System

Washington--The Agriculture Department on Tuesday awarded Pennsylvania State University a five-year research grant valued at roughly $10 million to develop biomass supply chains for the production of liquid transportation and aviation biofuels in the Northeast. This is the sixth such award made through USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs and decreasing America's dependence on foreign oil.

In September 2011, USDA announced five major AFRI grants for the formation of five regional systems in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest, Northern states, Southern states and the Southeast.

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Spending Bill Includes ELD Extension on Livestock Truckers

Washington—Truckers hauling livestock are now exempted from using the federal electronic logging device until Sept. 30 under new language...