Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that if the country is really going to make a huge shift to home-grown fuels using feed stocks other than corn, producers must be encouraged to grow them. He says this was the idea behind the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that was written into the 2008 Farm Bill.
The final rules came out on October 2010 and USDA started taking applications for biomass projects in mid-December. Officials say they will now stop taking applications at the end of the business day of May 27th.
For more information about the biomass crop assistance program, or BCAP, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.
Vilsack says that if biomass projects proposed by growers are approved for that program, then farmers will be given assistance. Check out the sound-bite.