USDA and FAA extend aviation biofuel agreement

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA is extending for five years its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other partners to help develop…

USDA Guarantees $54 Million Loan to Sapphire

According to a story by Brook Stockberger in the Las Cruces Sun News, the United States Department of Agriculture has just announced that a $54.5 million loan for San Diego-based Sapphire Energy…

USDA on Algae

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains to a Sapphire Energy employee at a town hall meeting some of the reasons behind the recently announced agreement between the USDA, DOE and the Navy to increase their mutual support…

USDA and DOE Award $5.5 Million Grant to Cellana

As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced a total of $47 million…

USDA and DOE Announce New Funding for Biomass Research

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) have jointly announced up to $30 million over four years that will support research and development…

U.S. DOE

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Dec. 4 the selection of three algae-based integrated biorefinery projects to receive nearly $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act…