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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels

USDA Farm Bill Program Supports Job Creation

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 156 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.

"This funding will help local producers increase the production and availability of renewable energy and thus help our nation begin to reduce its reliance on foreign oil," Vilsack said. "Just as importantly, USDA's support will help to further develop the nation's growing biofuels industry and generate green jobs and economic growth."

The funding is being provided through USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels program. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of 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. Through this and other programs, USDA is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a biofuels industry that creates jobs and conserves natural resources across America.

In Dubuque, Iowa, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC received a $487,871 payment. This biodiesel production facility produces 30 million gallons per year using soybean oil, canola oil and tallow esters as feedstock. The operation is expected to save 18 jobs.

In Kinsale, Va., the Potomac Supply Corporation received a $36,530 payment for producing two types of advanced biofuels: fuel pellets and dry kiln. Both are made from clean pine chips, sawdust and shavings feedstock. The payment will help save 10 jobs.

USDA today is announcing $44.6 million in payments to 156 local producers and business-owners.

Below is a complete list of award recipients by state:

Alaska

  • Superior Pellet Fuels, LLC: $2,204.33 for Pellets.

Alabama

  • Southeastern Biodiesel Solutions, Inc.: $764.63 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Arkansas

  • Delta American Fuel, LLC: $10,029.80 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Futurefuel Chemical Company: $417,737.23 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Arizona

  • Pinal Energy, LLC: $70,643.51 for Ethanol Production.

California

  • American Biodiesel, Inc.: $86,029.52 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Castelanelli Bros.: $2,975.20 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Energy Alternative Solutions, Inc.: $24,527.85 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Fiscalini Properties, LP: $5,307.15 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Gallo Cattle Company, LP: $8,916.62 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • High Mountain Fuels, LLC: $56,868.34 for Landfill Gas.
  • Imperial Western Products, Inc.: $188,264.29 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • New Leaf Biofuel, LLC: $94,117.17 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Promethean Biofuels Cooperative Corp.: $7,555.68 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Simple Fuels Biodiesel, Inc.: $5,979.92 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Yokayo Biofuels, Inc.: $24,028.84 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Connecticut

  • Biodiesel One, Ltd.: $11,891.36 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Biopur, Inc.: $70,052.35 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • DPC Enterprises, Inc.: $649.42 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Florida

  • Genuine Bio-Fuel, Inc.: $72,991.76 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Georgia

  • Appling County Pellets, LLC: $170,092.52 for Pellets.
  • Down To Earth Energy, LLC: $6,507.46 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Nittany Biodiesel: $22,641.50 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Hawaii

  • Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.: $43,978.24 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Iowa

  • Clinton County Bio Energy, LLC: $131,831.49 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC: $138,360.72 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Renewable Energy Group, Inc.: $3,739,128.61 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC: $487,871.16 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Western Iowa Energy: $658,243.95 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Idaho

  • Df-Ap#1, LLC: $15,225.32 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Lignetics of Idaho, Inc.: $109,386.99 for Pellets.
  • Pleasant Valley Biofuels, LLC: $805.45 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • QB Corporation: $494.26 for Pellets
  • Rocky Canyon Pellet Co., LLC: $6,861.29 for Pellets.

Illinois

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company: $1,852,067.10 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Incobrasa Industries, Ltd.: $1,312,184.47 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Midwest Biodiesel Product, LLC: $103,299.23 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Indiana

  • Central Indiana Ethanol, LLC: $120,490.25 for Ethanol Production.
  • E Biofuels, LLC: $1,621,836.31 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Integrity Biofuels, LLC: $101,414.49 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Louis Dreyfus Agricultural Industries, LLC: $2,394,192.13 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • T and M Limited Partnership: $60,231.63 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Union County Biodiesel Company: $48,985.39 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Kansas

  • Arkalon Ethanol, LLC: $1,711,257.49 for Ethanol Production.
  • Bonanza Bioenergy, LLC: $900,458.17 for Ethanol Production.
  • Emergent Green Energy, Inc. : $21,847.46 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Ese Alcohol: $49,670.53 for Ethanol Production.
  • Kansas Ethanol, LLC: $1,440,213.20 for Ethanol Production.
  • Nesika Energy, LLC: $220,960.85 for Ethanol Production.
  • Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC: $874,943.90 for Ethanol Production.
  • R-3 Energy, LLC: $10,733.07 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Reeve Agri Energy, Inc.: $416,123.54 for Ethanol Production.
  • Western Plains Energy, LLC: $899,861.67 for Ethanol Production.

Kentucky

  • Griffin Industries, Inc.: $86,099.81 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Owensboro Grain Company, LLC: $1,026,463.07 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Somerset Hardwood Flooring: $49,449.09 for Pellets.
  • Southern Kentucky Pellet Mill, Inc. : $6,572.64 for Pellets.

Massachusetts

  • Fuels Of The Future, LLC: $6,630.58 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Maine

  • Corinth Wood Pellets, LLC: $13,347.07 for Pellets.
  • Geneva Wood Fuels, LLC: $32,986.95 for Pellets.
  • Maine Woods Pellet Company, LLC: $61,051.43 for Pellets.
  • Northeast Pellets, LLC: $427.69 for Pellets.

Michigan

  • Green Meadow Farms, Inc. : $5,394.65 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Scenic View Dairy, LLC: $15,215.73 for Anaerobic Digester.

Minnesota

  • Cargill, Inc. : $1,267,659.93 for Anaerobic Digester/Biodiesel.
  • District 45 Dairy, LLP: $16,236.38 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Ever Cat Fuels, LLC: $70,583.77 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • MN Soybean Processors: $1,165,913.11 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Riverview, LLP: $16,417.84 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • West River Dairy, LLP: $15,873.13 for Anaerobic Digester.

Missouri

  • Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation: $1,138,787.72 for Ethanol Production.
  • Global Fuels, LLC: $6,849.47 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Me Bio Energy, LLC: $204,796.47 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Mid-America Biofuels, LLC: $1,100,113.17 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Natural Biodiesel Plant, LLC: $264,207.73 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Paseo Cargill Energy, LLC: $1,606,558.14 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Mississippi

  • Delta Biofuels, Inc. : $2,188.93 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Enviva, LLP: $50,357.67 for Pellets.
  • Scott Petroleum Corporation: $414,690.25 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

North Carolina

  • Blue Ridge Biofuels, LLC: $9,487.04 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • North American Bio-Energies: $6,383.39 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC: $8,999.17 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Triangle Biofuels Industries, Inc. : $34,392.44 for Biodiesel Mechanical.

Nebraska

  • Ag Processing, Inc. : $2,085,753.77 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Horizon Biofuels, Inc. : $634.82 for Pellets.
  • Kaapa Ethanol, LLC: $2,829.49 for Ethanol Production.

New Hampshire

  • American Energy Independence Company, LLC: $74,476.85 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • New England Wood Pellet, LLC: $74,360.53 for Pellets.
  • Smartfuel America, LLC: $88,951.41 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

New Mexico

  • Mt. Taylor Machine, LLC: $4,105.00 for Pellets.
  • Nm Rio Valley Biofuels, LLC: $17,949.33 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Nevada

  • Bently Biofuels Company: $18,864.72 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

New York

  • Aurora Ridge Dairy, LLC: $6,319.10 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Northern Biodiesel, Inc. : $78,428.78 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Renewable Environmental Solutions, LLC: $6,976.26 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • TMT Biofuels, LLC: $3,441.57 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

Ohio

  • Center Alternative Energy Company II: $88,465.48 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Jatrodiesel, Inc. : $4,988.96 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Oklahoma

  • High Plains Bioenergy, LLC: $2,094,063.72 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Oregon

  • Bear Mountain Forest Products, Inc. : $105,974.94 for Pellets.
  • Blue Mountain Lumber Products, LLC: $20,889.91 for Pellets.
  • Frank Pellet, LLC: $25,139.30 for Pellets.
  • Ochoco Lumber Company: $3,516.01 for Pellets.
  • Pacific Pellet, LLC: $11,341.05 for Pellets.
  • Sequential-Pacific Biodiesel: $306,596.52 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc.: $9,395.01 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • West Oregon Wood Products, Inc.: $78,682.54 for Pellets.

Pennsylvania

  • American Biodiesel Energy, Inc. : $21,825.44 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Environmental Energy Recycling Corp., LLC: $240,701.98 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Keystone Biofuels, Inc. : $125,816.61 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC DBA Hero BX: $1,918,321.70 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • Smarter Fuel, Inc. : $352,440.51 for Biofuel From Waste Products.
  • Soy Energy, Inc. DBA Custom Fuels, Inc. : $2,718.20 for Biodiesel Mechanical.
  • United Oil Company: $15,527.50 for Biodiesel Mechanical.

Rhode Island

  • Newport Biodiesel, LLC: $24,400.66 for Biofuel From Waste Products.

South Dakota

  • Hanson County Oil Producers, LLC: $6,599.50 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Tennessee

  • Hassell & Hughes: $17,781.06 for Pellets.
  • Unaka Forest Products, Inc.: $21,004.14 for Pellets.

Texas

  • Agribiofuels, LLC: $78,979.91 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Element Markets, LLC: $27,825.97 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Green Earth Fuels Of Houston, LLC: $87,746.24 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Insight Equity Acquisition Partners, LP: $275,633.66 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Levelland/Hockley County Ethanol, LLC: $514,881.03 for Ethanol Production.
  • RBF Port Neches, LLC: $1,343,939.58 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • White Energy, Inc. : $3,146,733.31 for Ethanol Production.

Virginia

  • Potomac Supply Corporation: $36,530.70 for Pellets.
  • Reco Biodiesel, LLC: $29,916.20 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Virginia Biodiesel Refinery, LLC: $46,262.06 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Vermont

  • Audet's Cow Power, LLC: $1,836.34 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • VT Wood Pellet Co., LLC: $13,377.04 for Pellets.
  • Westminster Energy Group, LLC: $1,876.21 for Anaerobic Digester.

Washington

  • Farm Power Lynden, LLC: $2,925.19 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Farm Power Rexville, LLC: $7,235.88 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • FPE Renewables, LLC: $5,279.76 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • GDR Power, LLC: $9,684.33 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • General Biodiesel, Inc. : $15,972.40 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Imperium Grays Harbor, LLC: $1,095,833.58 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Qualco Energy: $5,052.53 for Anaerobic Digester.

Wisconsin

  • Bach Digester, LLC: $3,777.25 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Badger Biodiesel, Inc.: $115,833.15 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Bio Blend Fuels: $6,822.65 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Buckeye Ridge Renewable Power, LLC: $31,398.27 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Clover Hill Dairy, LLC: $2,678.58 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Green Valley Dairy, LLC: $8,207.62 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc.: $6,300.82 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Holsum Dairies, LLC: $10,615.98 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Marth Peshtigo Pellet Company, LLC: $36,651.40 for Pellets.
  • Marth Wood Shaving Supply, Inc.: $11,130.51 for Pellets.
  • Norm E Lane, Inc.: $5,690.92 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Norswiss Digester, LLC: $31,456.98 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, LLC: $8,438.39 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Quantum Dairy, LLC: $3,931.32 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Stargest Power, LLC: $30,340.71 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Statz Brothers, Inc.: $7,363.24 for Anaerobic Digester.
  • Sun Power Biodiesel, LLC: $39,620.18 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
  • Walsh Bio Fuels, LLC: $47,850.45 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President wants the federal government to be the best possible partner for rural businesses and entrepreneurs creating job opportunities and for people who want to live, work, and raise their families in rural communities.

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