USDA strengthens biodiesel industry with value-added awards

By | March 01, 2004
Late in 2003, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced the approval of 184 value-added agricultural product marketing development grants in 40 states, totaling over $28.7 million. As part of the 2002 Farm Bill, the Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Grants program provides opportunities to refine agricultural commodities and products to increase value in the marketplace. Interested parties submitted applications for the awards, starting in September. Approximately 14 companies will use the funds to benefit the biodiesel industry. Here is a list of those recipients:

Blue Sun Producers Inc., Colorado: $450,000
The company will produce oilseed crops for production of biodiesel.

West Bend Elevator Co., Iowa: $30,500

The company will develop a proposed biodiesel plant.

West Central Cooperative, Iowa: $140,000
The cooperative will explore new glycerin conversion technologies.

Midwest Grain Processors, Iowa: $150,000
This ethanol producer will explore the feasibility of biodiesel production.

National Trail Biodiesel Cooperative, Illinois: $33,000
The cooperative will establish a soybean meal biodiesel plant.

Union County Biodiesel, Kentucky: $25,255
This group will explore the feasibility of soy-based biodiesel production.

Hopkinsville Elevator Co. Inc., Kentucky: $87,500
The company will explore biodiesel production.

Hallock Cooperative Elevator Company, Minnesota: $50,000
The cooperative will explore the feasibility a biodiesel production facility.

Farmers Union Marketing & Processing, Minnesota: $500,000

This rendering group will operate a proposed 2.8-mmgy continuous flow biodiesel plant using animal fats and vegetable oils.

Biodiesel Steering Committee, Nebraska: $121,000
The group will explore the feasibility of a biodiesel plant.

Farmers Co-op Oil Company, Nebraska: $120,000
The group will operate a soybean/biodiesel processing facility.

Progressive Producers Nonstock, Nebraska: $450,000
This group will produce oilseed crops for biodiesel fuel.

Boyd Station, Pennsylvania: $349,995
This company will utilize extraction/expulsion technologies.

Columbia County Farm Bureau Inc., Washington: $50,000
This group will explore the production of oilseeds for biodiesel.
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