Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)

In 2008, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) was created as a barely-noticed add-on to the 2008 Farm Bill, signed into law by George W. Bush. What sounded like a good idea -- funding the use of waste biomass (sawdust, etc.) for biofuels and other uses -- turned out to be not such a good idea.

Recent modifications to the program by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) have resolved many of the chief issues and, as the president of the Composite Panel Association Tom Julia recently said (pdf), "BCAP has morphed from a job-killing welfare program into one that now makes economic sense and environmental sense." {continued here}

October 22, 2010: Composite Panel Association applauds USDA for Protecting Rural Manufacturing Jobs in Final BCAP Rules

Composite Panel Association on BCAP Final Rules

Complaints about the program

The new modifications to BCAP


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