GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini yesterday highlighted USDA’s bioenergy investments in Colorado during his visit with Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Don Brown and Colorado Corn Chief Executive Officer, Mark Sponsler. Colorado is one of 21 states that has received a grant through USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program, which is investing $210 million to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America's drivers.

USDA Highlights Bioenergy Investments in Colorado

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GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini yesterday highlighted USDA’s bioenergy investments in Colorado during his visit with Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Don Brown and Colorado Corn Chief Executive Officer, Mark Sponsler. Colorado is one of 21 states that has received a grant through USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program, which is investing $210 million to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America's drivers.

“USDA has been working closely to make critical investments in renewable energy throughout the country, and our Colorado partners, including corn growers, state officials, and gas station operators, are at the forefront of this effort,” said Dolcini. “We’ve awarded $600,000 to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to add another 84 biofuel pumps throughout the state, which coupled with the existing 101 stations in Colorado selling E-85, will give more drivers a choice of fuels at the pump.”

A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy that consumers can purchase. The new partnership will increase the number of pumps, storage and related infrastructure that offer higher blends of ethanol, such as E15, E85, and even intermediate combination blends.

BIP funds pay a portion of the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps and related infrastructure dedicated to the distribution of higher ethanol blends such as E15 and E85 at vehicle fueling locations. The matching contributions may be used for these items or for related costs such as additional infrastructure to support pumps, marketing, education, data collection, program evaluation and administrative costs. This partnership will expand markets for farmers, support rural economic growth and the jobs that come with it. USDA estimates that BIP grants will support nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations.

Another USDA program, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, provided $220,000 in incentives to remove 11,000 dry tons of insect-infested wood, and other forest fire threats from the National Forest System in Grand, Eagle and Routt counties. Eligible foresters participating in BCAP receive a payment from the program to partially offset the cost of harvesting and delivering forest residues to qualified facilities for electricity production. Since 2014, 14 states have participated in the program.

For more information on FSA energy programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/energy.  To learn more about USDA investments in the energy economy, visit www.usda.gov/energy or www.usda.gov/results. To find out more about other states participating in BIP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/energy-programs/bip/index.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

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