Agriculture, Navy Secretaries promote U.S. military Farm-to-Fleet biofuels

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus have announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel…

USDA announces funding for advanced biofuels

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop…

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…

Sustainability Potential Highlights ABS Day Two

Day two of the 2011 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) and the world’s largest algae industry gathering, was highlighted by discussions about algae’s unique ability…

U.S. Funding $62M to Biofuels Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Navy and Department of Energy are announcing $30 million in federal funding to match private investments in commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels….

AIM Interview: Bioprocess Algae CEO Tim Burns

Many eyes are closely watching the development arc at Bioprocess Algae, in Shenandoah, Iowa, for signs that this might be the model for future farming. An algae cultivator with “extreme” co-location advantages…

New $35M DOE/USDA Funding Announced for Biomass R&D

As President Obama went to Ohio State University on March 22 to discuss the Administration’s all-out, all-of-the-above strategy for American energy, the White House simultaneously announced up to $35 million…

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…

AIM Interview: C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk—Page 2

What from your background in gas and oil applies directly to what’s going on right now at Sapphire? C.J.: Oh boy! I draw from it everyday—from project management and engineering construction…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk

If it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of news lately coming from the algae industry’s largest algae-to-fuel gamble, Sapphire Energy, well, we’re happy to report that it’s not about trouble in paradise…

ABS Wraps with Upbeat Message to the Industry—and the World

There was an obvious evolution to the annual Algal Biomass Summit that concluded Thursday, Oct. 27, in Minneapolis, symbolized by an attendance increase of 25% over last year’s event in Phoenix—to 793…

ABS Kicks Off with Senator Al Franken

The 2011 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), officially opened in Minneapolis with remarks by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and other leaders on the role…

ABO Announces Keynote Speakers for ABS

The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced the keynote speakers for the Algal Biomass Summit (ABS), to be held October 24-27 in Minneapolis, MN. Tuesday keynotes will be by Solazyme President…

ABO Responds to USDA/DOE/Navy Biofuels Investment Promise

The Algal Biomass Organization has voiced its opinion of the US government’s recently announced $510 million biofuels investment commitment over the next three years. Following is their statement…

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…

Algae 101 Part 31

The new book Freedom Foods: Superior Nutrition and Taste from Low on the Food Chain—for People, Producers and Our Planet, (June, 2011) develops the value proposition for foods and other forms of energy from algae. Freedom foods enhance health…

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…

A.I.M. Interview: USDA’s Dr. Rick Barrows

As the world’s appetite for the lean protein of fish grows, so does the demand for alternatives to traditional fishmeal, the blends of small fish species—including herring, capeli and menhaden…

A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield Part 2

We continue with the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Stephen Mayfield…Do you have a concern about genetic engineering? Is there a dark side that you think has a valid risk…

USDA’s Judy Canales to Keynote 2010 Algae Biomass Summit

The ABO has announced Judy Canales, Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative programs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency, as a keynote speaker for the 2010…

Understanding the USDA, Part 2

Since growing up on a South Dakota dairy farm, Dallas Tonsager has accumulated over 35 years of agricultural, business, cooperative and financial experience through his work as a farmer, businessman, and community, state and national leader. In May of 2009…

USDA Invests in Sustainable Energy

Chris Cassidy’s responsibility is to represent funding offerings through USDA Rural Development programs such as the Farm Bill, Rural Energy for America, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as other government-sponsored renewable…

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