U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack couldn’t be with us in person but he was via pre-recorded video.
He says the the President has made revitalizing rural America a priority at USDA and that renewable energy production, including biodiesel must be a part of it. He says that he knows how important the extension of the biodiesel tax credit is and he hopes that Congress will support it sooner rather than later. He talked about the RFS-2 mandate and says that USDA is prepared to use its resources to help the industry meet those mandates. He says that USDA is already making matching payments to folks delivering biomass for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and that they have qualified nearly 450 biomass conversion facilities
You can download (mp3 file) or listen to Sec. Vilsack’s comments here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/nbb/nbc-10-vilsack.mp3]