Ethanol for aviation will get tax credits, Vilsack assures industry – February 21, 2024

Ethanol for aviation will get tax credits, Vilsack assures industry

Ethanol will be included when the Biden administration spells out eligibility for lucrative tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and the incentives will reflect the impact of climate-smart farming practices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told ethanol makers on Tuesday. “We’re working very hard to make that happen, and I’m confident that it will happen.”

$500 million to reduce risk of wildfire

The Biden administration allotted an additional $500 million to its initiative to reduce wildfire losses in high-risk landscapes, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday. With the new funding, $2.4 billion has been poured into the work.


Tribal nations want more control over their food supply. Farm bill helps…

For years, the Oneida Nation has been growing crops and raising cattle and buffalo on its 65,000-acre reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Now, some of that food is doing more than nourishing people: It’s helping undo centuries of government overreach. As part of a pilot program included in the 2018 farm bill, the tribe is using federal dollars to buy food grown on the reservation and by other nearby Native producers and distributing it for free to low-income members of its tribe and another, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. That pilot, called the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Self-Determination Demonstration Project, is up for renewal during this farm bill cycle.


HPAI reaches 48th state: For the first time since U.S. outbreaks began two years ago, highly pathogenic bird flu was confirmed in a backyard flock of birds in southern West Virginia, making it the 48th state with bird flu; nearly 82 million birds in domestic flocks have died of HPAI. (USDA)

Climate change awareness: The James Beard Foundation said its new Climate Solutions for Restaurant Survival would work with chefs at independent restaurants to raise awareness, educate federal policymakers and galvanize action to mitigate climate change. (James Beard)

Trump backs Bost: The former president endorsed Illinois Rep. Mike Bost, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, over 2022 GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey in the Republican primary election in a downstate House district. (Chicago Sun-Times)

CropLife America chooses CEO: Alexandra Dunn, the EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety during the Trump era, was selected as the new chief executive of CropLife America, a trade group for the pesticide industry. (CropLife)

Proposal links WIC, SNAP: House leaders are considering a proposal to allot more funding for WIC in exchange for a pilot project that limits purchases by SNAP recipients to “nutrient dense” foods, said unnamed sources. (Politico)

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