Source: American Soybean Association

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced, in response to comments received, it was making changes in the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program that will make biofuels produced in facilities located in non-rural areas, as well as those that are foreign-owned, eligible for program payments.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been pressing for these modifications, as the requirements unfairly excluded valuable biodiesel production facilities that utilize domestic soy feedstocks and benefit American farmers and their communities.

"ASA applauds the USDA announcement that it is removing the rural area and domestic ownership requirements that were imposed last year in the Biofuel Payment Program," said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean grower from Sidney, Ohio. "Those requirements were not intended by Congress and were inconsistent with the overall goals of USDA biofuels programs: to increase domestic, renewable energy sources and expand markets for farmers."

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