Biomass program funding available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications through July 14 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. Support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

BCAP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

BCAP matching payments are to resume this summer, while crop incentives will begin in 2015. Some matching payments will support the removal of dead or diseased trees from national forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands. This will be turned into renewable energy while reducing the risk of forest fire. Agriculture residues, such as corn cobs and stalks, also may qualify as energy-producing feedstock.

For more details on applications and deadlines on BCAP, call FSA at (419) 447-7071 or visit