Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA to accept biomass can
begin enrollment between today, May 23, and June 6, 2016. BCAP
provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who
establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who
harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a
USDA-approved facility that creates energy or biobased products.
In fiscal year 2016, there is $3 million available for BCAP. A
portion of the funds will be provided to two existing BCAP
projects in New York and Ohio/Pennsylvania to expand acres
planted to shrub willow and giant miscanthus. Farmers and forest
landowners may enroll for biomass establishment and maintenance
payments for these two projects between June 15 and Sept. 13,
Also, between June 15 to Aug. 4, 2016, USDA will accept
applications from foresters and farmers seeking incentives to
remove biomass residues from fields or national forests for
delivery to energy generation facilities. The retrieval payments
are provided at match of $1 for $1, up to $20 per dry ton.
Eligible crops include corn residue, diseased or insect-infested
wood materials, or orchard waste.
To learn more about BCAP or to enroll in updates, visit
www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or contact your local FSA county office.
To find your local county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
IDOA (Illinois Department of Agriculture) Clean Sweep
Collection in Central Illinois
Residents of twelve central Illinois counties can dispose of
unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the IDOA
agricultural pesticide “clean sweep” program.
A “clean sweep” collection has been scheduled in late summer for
Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham,
Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland, and Shelby counties. The
collection, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to
farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide
applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners
who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their
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Interested persons must register the products they plan to dispose
of by July 15, 2016. Registration is required to give the waste
disposal contractor time to prepare for the different kinds of
materials that will need to be handled. Forms can be obtained by
calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Hotline
at 1-800-641-3934. Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the
IDOA State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 63794-9281.
The fax number is (217)524-4882. Interested persons will then be
sent a reservation card indicating the date, time and location of
Please be advised, it is not illegal to own these products, but it
is illegal to dispose of them improperly. This program offers a
free, legal way of disposal with no disposal liability to the
Soil Water Conservation District offices; County Farm Bureau
offices; and U of I Extension offices in the counties named above
are the sponsors of this event being held by the Illinois Department
of Agriculture (IDOA).
Please contact your local County FSA Office with any questions you
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file
a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400
Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866)
632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or
Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).
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