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MAY 2020

USDA accepting applications for higher blends grants

Government agency will accept submissions through Aug. 13

funds directly available to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to high- er ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equip- ment and infrastructure. Electronic applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 13. Paper applica- tions will not be accepted.

the positive impacts that affordable, abundant and clean-burning fuel provide to our country’s farmers and consumers. The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will help rural communities build stronger economies and will give consumers more choices when they fill up at the pump.” USDA plans to make

competitive grants for ac- tivities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. “As the coronavi- rus response continues, America’s energy indepen- dence has proven critical to our economic security now more than ever,” Deputy Secretary Censky said. “Under the leadership of President Trump, we know

Telegraph staff reports WASHINGTON

an online portal to begin accepting applica- tions for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants. USDA plans to make avail- able up to $100 million in

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched



Telegraph staff reports Nebraska planting continues ahead of previous years LINCOLN — Nebraska farm- ers’ planting progress continued to outpace last year and the five-

average is 78%. Fifty-four% of the 2020 crop has emerged com- pared with 22% last year and 39% on average. The 78% of soybeans plant- ed compares with 34% last year and 42% on average. The 29% emerged compares with 5% last year and 8% on average.

year average by the end of last week with 91% of corn plant- ed and 78% of soybeans in the ground, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. For corn, 63% had been plant- ed by this time last year and the

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fice. Documentation to support the produc- er’s application and certification may be requested. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of applica- tion and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 28. Payment structure To ensure the avail- ability of funding throughout the ap- plication period, producers will receive 80% of their maximum total payment upon approval of the appli- cation. The remaining portion of the pay- ment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date as funds remain avail-

for assistance begin- ning on May 26, 2020. Additional informa- tion and application forms can be found at Producers of all el- igible commodities will apply through their local FSA of-

Office status USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone ap- pointment only, and field work will contin- ue with appropriate social distancing. While program deliv- ery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be work- ing with producers by phone and using online tools when- ever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are re- quired to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More in- formation can be found at virus.


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