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USDA awards aim to increase domestic fertilizer production

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By Erin Voegele

July 05, 2023

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The USDA on June 23 awarded $30 million to seven projects under its Fertilizer Production Expansion Program and is inviting public comments on 66 additional projects eligible to receive program funding, including AD and biochar projects.

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DOE collaborative to establish biomanufacturing hub

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By Katy Christiansen, Laboratory Relationship Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

June 23, 2023

As part of a newly established collaborative, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit will co-lead an effort to establish bioindustrial manufacturing capability in California.

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From June 19-21, 2023, the Forest Innovation and Bioeconomy Conference is bringing together leaders in forestry, government and academia to discuss how to grow the forest bioeconomy, create opportunities for people and communities, and reduce waste.

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An agreement announced between the government of British Columbia and the Shxw'�whámél First Nation on June 17 could result in wood debris collected by containment barriers on the Fraser River being used for bioenergy production.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a in-person meeting on June 27 in Washington, D.C.

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The White House Office of Management and Budget on June 13 published its Spring 2023 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan, which shows several rulemakings related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) are underway by federal agencies.

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The International Trade Administration has announced it will host a roundtable discussion on June 29 focused on challenges and opportunities for strengthening the supply chain and export competitiveness of the U.S. hydrogen industry.

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Clean Energy Technologies Inc. has announced its affiliate Vermont Renewable Gas LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase an 8-acre site in Vermont to devevelop a project that will convert woody biomass into renewable gas and biochar.

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U.S. Forest Service is investing a combined $43 million in 123 projects through the Community Wood Grants and Wood Innovations Grants programs, which promote innovation in wood products and renewable wood energy economies.

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The Government of Ontario on May 26 launched a new $19.6 million Forest Biomass Program. The application-based program aims to help develop untapped economic potential and environmental benefits offered by new and emerging uses of forest biomass.

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Raven SR Inc. announced on May 24 the unanimous approval of its California Environmental Quality Act permit by the Richmond City Council for Raven SR's first organic waste-to-hydrogen bioenergy project.

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New Energy Blue and Dow on May 25 announced a long-term supply agreement under which New Energy Blue will produce biobased ethylene from corn stover. Dow will purchase the biobased ethylene for use in plastics production.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on May 24 launched the Clean Fuels & Products Shot, which aims to significantly reduce GHG emissions from carbon-based fuels, including though the increased use of biomass and waste feedstocks.

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The White House OMB has opened a public comment period as part of a federal effort that aims to improve how to identify, classify and measure bioeconomy manufacturing, technology and products, including biobased fuels, chemicals and materials.

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CHAR Technologies Ltd. has signed an MOU with the First Nations co-operative Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. to collaboratively develop, build, own and operate a wood waste and residues to RNG and biocarbon facility in Ontario.

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The U.S. DOT's Federal Railroad Administration is seeking information on the potential uses and options for disposal or repurposing used creosote-treated railroad ties (CTRTs), including processing via a pyrolysis process to create biochar.

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West Biofuels LLC has broken gournd on a critically needed 3-megawatt (MW) bioenergy plant in Burney, California, that will convert forest waste and sustainably sourced wood to renewable electricity, heat, and biochar.

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Lakeview RNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Next Renewable Fuels, has acquired assets associated with the Red Rock Biofuels development in Lake County, Oregon, and announced plans to convert the project to RNG and clean hydorgen production.

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Gevo Inc. and LG Chem Ltd. announced on April 12 that they have entered into a joint development agreement to develop bio-propylene for renewable chemicals using Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) technology.

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The DOE has launched an initiative that aims to help industry and universities leverage the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium's capabilities to help solve real-world problems that the bioenergy and bioproduct industries are facing.

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The USDA ERS in March published a report that aims to help increase the value of animal manure for farmers. The document, in part, describes existing and emerging technologies that can inrease the value of manure, including anaerobic digestion.

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The USDA is making $1.055 billion in grants available under the Rural Energy for American Program to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses invest in renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

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Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa; Kim Schrier, D-Wash.; and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, on March 17 reintroduced the Biochar Research Network Act. Compansion legislation is pending in the U.S. Senate.

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The Canadian Infrastructure Bank on March 27 awarded a $277 million loan to a joint-venture partnership between Shell, Suncor, Proman and the government of Quebec that will enable construction of a biorefinery based on Enerkem technology.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a hybrid meeting on April 4 in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on March 21 announced $14 million in funding to support and optimize the production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals while significantly reducing carbon emissions.

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President Joe Biden has proclaimed March 21 as National Agriculture Day. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Michael Regan issued comments recognizing the ag community for it work to provide the U.S. with food, fuel and fiber.

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The U.S. DOE has announced $590 million to renew its four existing Bioenergy Research Centers. This funding will help support the DOE's research into the next generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on March 9 reintroduced the bipartisan Biochar Research Network Act. The bill directs the USDA to study the effectiveness of biochar, a carbon-rich material produced from biomass.

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The USDA on March 8 kicked off the inaugural National Biobased Products Day and highlighted the accomplishments of people and organizations working to improve sustainability within the federal government.

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