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      Three Nebraska Producers Receive Funds for Biofuel Production

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      Three Nebraska fuel producers will receive a combined totalof more than $1.4 million to support the production of advancedbiofuels.

      Chief Ethanol Fuels in Hastings and Cornhusker Energy in Lexington each received funding for their work on sorghum-based fuel, while Omaha-based Ag Processing has been working on creating a biofuel from soybean, canolaand waste vegetable oil feedstock.

      The payments from the USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels are used to help offset the costs associated with producing theadvanced biofuels. The program was established in the 2008 Farm Bill.

      Under the program, payments are made to eligibleproducers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewablebiomass, other than corn kernel starch (ethanol). Examples of eligible feedstocksinclude: crop residue; animal, food and yard wastematerial; vegetable oil; and animal fat. Biofuel can be from a variety ofnon-food sources, including waste products.

      To view a list of producers receiving payments of more than$500, go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdAdvancedBiofuelPaymentProgramChart.pdf.

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