USDA announces payments to advanced ethanol producers

By Erin Voegele | September 13, 2013

The USDA has announced a new round of payments to biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement Sept. 12 on behalf of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Omaha, Neb.

According to the USDA, 188 producers are receiving combined payments of nearly $15.5 million under this round of funding.

Producing advanced biofuels is a major component of the drive to take control of America's energy future by developing domestic, renewable energy sources," O'Brien said. "These payments represent the Obama Administration's commitment to support an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy."

The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program was established by the 2008 Farm Bill. It makes payments to eligible biofuel producers based on the quantity of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn starch. 

Biofuel producers that received payments for advanced ethanol production include:

- California-based Pacific Ethanol Holding Co. LLC, $58,155

- Indiana-based Central Indiana Ethanol LLC, $90,806

- Kansas-based Reeve Agri Energy LLC, $50,876

- Kansas-based Nesika Energy LLC, $76,803

- Kansas-based Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC, $159,910

- Kansas-based Bonanza Bioenergy LLC, $162,913

- Kansas-based Diamond Ethanol LLC, $247,214

- Kansas-based Western Plains Energy LLC, $267,460

- Kansas-based Arkalon Ethanol LLC, $275,068

- Kansas-based Kansas Ethanol LLC, $288,723

- Missouri-based Abengoa Bioenergy Outsourcing LLC, $241

- Missouri-based Abengoa Bioenergy Corp., $327

- Nebraska-based Cornhusker Energy Lexington LLC, $1,809

- Nebraska-based Kappa Ethanol LLC, $4,176

- Texas-based White Energy Inc., $757,398