Through the 2014 Farm Bill – a total of 25-million dollars per year was authorized for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says this program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets. Vilsack says USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by BCAP. Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for those deliveries. The Farm Service Agency will accept applications from biomass owners July 28th through August 25th. Approved contracts may make deliveries through September 26th. For more information – visit FSA dot USDA dot gov slash BCAP (www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap).