World Dairy Diary

USDA Awards Bioenergy Producer Payments to Dairies

More than a dozen dairy operations are getting bioenergy producer payments from USDA as incentives to produce advanced biofuels. Under the Farm Bill, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels authorizes payments to eligible producers to expand production and use of advanced biofuels.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the payments Thursday for over 120 operations in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Payments, which range from less than $500 to over $1 million, are based on the amount of advanced biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Eligible examples include biofuels derived from cellulose, crop residue, animal, food and yard waste material, biogas (landfill and sewage waste treatment gas), vegetable oil and animal fat.

“This funding will help the nation’s advanced biofuel industry produce more fuel from sustainable rural resources, and in doing so create jobs, a new revenue stream for agriculture producers and stimulate rural economies across the nation,” said Vilsack.

Among the dairy operations receiving payments are: Scenic View Dairy in Michigan; West River Dairy in Minnesota; Bridgewater Dairy in Ohio; Berkshire Cow Power and Green Mountain Dairy in Vermont; Holsum Dairies, Green Valley Dairy, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, Quantum Dairy, Clover Hill Dairy, and Grotegut Dairy Farm in Wisconsin.