Senate Passes Ag, Energy Appropriations Bills – Increases Over House Package

On Thursday, July 20, Senate Appropriators reported several spending bills for FY2018 out of committee, including budget proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy.  Both bills provide spending levels above the President’s proposed cuts. At USDA, there are still deep cuts to renewable energy programs in the Energy Title.  For DOE, spending levels are above the House bill, and certain programs cut in the House bill (such as ARPA-E), are restored in the Senate bill.  Additionally, funding for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is well above the deep cuts proposed in the House.

While it’s still anticipated that there will be a Continuing Resolution to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year, the appropriations process sets the tone and priorities for federal agencies moving forward.

Read More




1. Bill Aims to Establish Tax Credit for Biobased Chemicals

2. Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

3. Tiny Particles Increase In Air With Ethanol-to-Gasoline Switch

4. Big Oil Just Woke Up to Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand

5. Drought in High Plains- “Simple Survival” a Goal for Some Farmers, Ranchers


To Contact the Editor: Jessie Stolark at

Please distribute Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests to your colleagues. Reproduction of this newsletter is permitted provided that the Environmental and Energy Study Institute is properly acknowledged as the source. Past issues are available here. Free email subscriptions are available here.

Do you like receiving this newsletter? If so, please consider taking 2 minutes to tell us why SBFF is useful to you! Your review of EESI's services on GreatNonprofits will help us keep bringing you more of what you like. EESI has been named a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” three years in a row, and with your help we want to make it four! Click here to Review EESI.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus dedicated to finding innovative environmental and energy solutions. EESI’s work, including this free newsletter, is made possible by financial support from people like you. Please help us continue to make it available by making a secure, online donation today or mailing a check to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute at 1112 16th St NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. You can also learn more about why you should give to EESI for clean energy. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Williams by email at swilliams [at] or by phone at 202-662-1887. Thank you for your support!