KISSIMMEE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with The Florida Feedstock Growers Association, University of Florida/IFAS Extension and The Florida Farm Bureau, will host a community forum on Monday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss emergent opportunities in energy and bio-fuel crop production. The forum will be held at the Osceola County Extension Services Building located in the Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee.
Topics to be covered include the recent re-launch of the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Biomass Crop Assistance Program, updates on pending and existing federal incentive programs offered by the USDA and reports from current bio-energy farmers.
The USDA is also seeking input from Florida farmers and landowners on a strategy to develop a biofuels market capable of meeting the current U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards, as set out in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that mandates producing and using 36 billion gallons of renewable transportation fuel per year by 2022. The USDA's plan is available for review by logging on to http://tinyurl.com/USDABiofuels.
Speakers at the forum include Joy Llossas, with the USDA, FSA Clewiston office and Bill Vasden, Jr., founding chair, Florida Feedstock Growers Association.
There is no cost to attend the forum, which includes lunch. Reservations are required and must be received by Friday, Dec. 3.
For more information, or to make reservations, contact Amelia Lyons at (863) 990-2490, e-mail info@FloridaFeedstockGrowers.com, or log on to www.FloridaFeedstockGrowers.com.