August 11, 2006
August 11, 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday released an analysis of the department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. This is the fourth in a series of subject areas that warranted a comprehensive examination based on comments received during last year's nationwide Farm Bill Forum listening tour.
"During the Farm Bill Forums, we heard real enthusiasm from producers about the potential for agriculture to unleash new sources of energy and income," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "We have seen ethanol production more than double in four years. USDA is committed to encouraging the entrepreneurial innovation of America's farmers and ranchers to help build a new energy economy."
The paper looks at all the potential sources of energy under agriculture's umbrella, from farm fields to pasture and forest lands. It also tracks the results of USDA's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and contemplates enhancements and alternatives.
The renewable energy analysis paper released Tuesday, as well as previously released analysis papers, are available at: www.usda.gov/farmbill