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May 3, 2018                                                                                                                                       

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Clean Energy Businesses Urge Action on Energy Provisions in Farm Bill

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President, Lisa Jacobson, made the following statement about the urgent need for Congress to maintain a bipartisan energy title in the comprehensive Farm Bill rewrite.

“The Council urges Congress to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for energy title programs in the next farm bill reauthorization. It is essential that a healthy, robust bipartisan energy title continue as part of new comprehensive agriculture legislation.

“The farm bill energy title programs have assisted rural America to develop clean, renewable energy, bio-based products, and to make energy efficiency investments.

“Energy title programs provide the means for agriculture-based entrepreneurs to launch initiatives to generate jobs and economic development – from wind, geothermal, hydro and solar power, to biogas and advanced biofuels, to biopower, bio-based products, renewable chemicals, and energy efficiency. The energy title has enabled farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses to become more self-sufficient, and bring high-value products to market.

“For America’s farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to continue to be leaders in the development and the advancement of the clean energy economy, it is critical the next Farm Bill reauthorize programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and other energy title programs,” Jacobson said.

For a complete copy of a letter the Council sent to Congress about the Farm Bill go here.