Wednesday, September 29, 2010

USDA plans biofuels meetings in Sacramento region

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold nine public meetings throughout the state to solicit comments on the subject of biofuels.

“(U.S. Department of Agriculture) is working to expand energy opportunities by producing alternative forms of energy and fuel, and to ensure that we are doing the research necessary to allow agriculture to transition away from its rather significant dependence on fossil fuel,” USDA secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release.

Public input is being sought on how state and federal agencies can better partner with the private sector to increase demand for biofuels. Among the topics to be discussed are sources of feedstock, the current local infrastructure to support biofuels, and the estimated amount of land needed in California for biofuels.

USDA agencies will consider each comment it receives as it completes a Biofuels Strategic Production Report. The report is part of the department’s strategy to help recharge the economy with a successful biofuels market.

Public meetings in the Sacramento region include:

• The Central Sierra Resource Conservation & Development Council hosts a public meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Jackson City Hall.

• The Central Sacramento Valley RC&D holds a public meeting at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in Oroville at the Feather River Tribal Health Center.

• The High Sierra RC&D hosts an 11 a.m. Oct. 15 meeting in the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Auburn.

Comments can be submitted by Oct. 24 to Val Dolcini, state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, at

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