The Agriculture Energy Coalition today released a white paper – Rural America’s Role in Expanding Energy Independence, Dominance, Innovation and Jobs: Recommendations for the New Farm Bill – urging the Congress to support energy and rural manufacturing programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.
“Bi-partisan Farm Bill energy programs have leveraged billions of dollars of private investment, spurred economic development, created jobs, provided new revenue streams for producers, and spawned technological innovation throughout rural America with a strong and growing return on investment,” said Lloyd Ritter, Executive Director of the Agriculture Energy Coalition. “Past Farm Bills have recognized rural America’s potential to drive energy innovation and we urge Congress to support a strong 2018 Farm Bill that will continue U.S. commitment to these important programs.”
The Agriculture Energy Coalition’s recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill include the following:
Ritter added, “Federal commitment to Farm Bill energy programs is vital, particularly right now, when so many new feedstocks, processes, fuels and technologies are on the cusp of successful commercialization and rural America needs economic opportunities. Federal support for core programs must be maintained.”
Read the full white paper here: http://www.agenergycoalition.org/communications/2017-AgEC-Rural-America-Energy-Innovation.pdf.
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