Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding

On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in the House, the bipartisan Senate farm bill refrains from eliminating the Energy Title, but provides mandatory funding to only one program, Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP).  In addition to changes at the program level, eligible technologies under the Energy Title are expanded, to include renewable chemicals, intermediate ingredients or feedstocks of renewable biomass that are used to create biofuels, renewable chemicals, or biobased products.  This reflects the diversification of the bioeconomy that has occurred since the 2014 farm bill.

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