WASHINGTON -- National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the 2012 Farm Bill Energy Title marker bill, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and co-sponsored by Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D. The bill would reauthorize and provide mandatory funding for programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), and Biorefinery Assistance Program (BAP).

“By fully funding these crucial renewable energy programs, Congress will signal that it is serious about creating jobs in rural America and weaning America off of its addiction to foreign oil,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We must continue developing the next generation of biofuels, and these programs are necessary to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard of producing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022.”

REAP in particular has been a boon to rural economies, creating or saving approximately 21,688 jobs since 2003 according to USDA.

“This bill would help create stable policies to support agriculture and would help to give farmers an additional revenue stream through renewable energy,” said Johnson. “These programs will also help farmers cut costs and increase their energy efficiency. By using cleaner energy, and using less of it, we help preserve our natural resources. We need to build America from the inside out.”

 

Source: National Farmers Union