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USDA seeks input from business, ag workers on new ethanol incentive program

WASHINGTON - Business professionals, ag workers and others are invited to provide input to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new effort that aims to expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels. 

“Feedback from farmers, retailers and biofuels producers is critical to the success of this future program,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA remains committed to fulfilling a key promise to American farmers to enhance the promotion of biofuels.”

Expanding the sale of biofuels will provide consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions, driving demand for our farmers and improving the air we breathe.

The department said in a news release that it is seeking public input on options for fuel ethanol and biodiesel infrastructure, innovation, products, technology and data derived from all HBIIP processes and/or science that drive economic growth, promote health, and increase public benefit. 

In April 2017, President Donald Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. 

The following January Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump, which included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. 

Increasing investments in innovative tools including renewable fuels is a key recommendation of the task force, according to the release. 

Information: Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. To view the categories of the recommendations: Rural Prosperity infographic.