‘FINAL FSA DEADLINE SET FOR NORTHEAST OHIO/NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS AND LANDHOLDERS TO ENROLL IN USDA BIOMASS ENERGY RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Conneaut, OH – (August 26, 2011) –  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced the final deadline to enroll acreage in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) operated by Aloterra Energy, based in Conneaut, Ohio.  Farmers and landowners now have until September 16, 2011to sign up and begin the process for approval to receive BCAP funding to grow miscanthus – a sterile, warm-weather hybrid perennial grass crop that can be converted into energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products. The approved, seven-county Northeast Ohio/Northwest Pennsylvania BCAP project area is projected to produce an estimated $50 million in annual economic impact from growing and producing this new energy crop, while creating an estimated 1,200 new jobs, according to a third-party study conducted by Environ International Corporation. State renewable energy portfolio standards and the Environmental Protection Agency transport rule are critical drivers in establishing a biomass crop for power generation in Ohio.

The 2008 Federal Farm Bill created BCAP, a federally funded initiative that encourages the development of renewable energy sources. In June, Aloterra Energy received USDA approval for funding to grow miscanthus through the establishment of acreage in northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania as one of four Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in the nation. The company looks to combine the benefits of growing miscanthus grass with the BCAP incentives that encourage local farmers and landowners to grow a biomass crop. Aloterra Energy’s project area along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border has guaranteed BCAP funding for 5,344 acres in 2011, which will go to the first farmers and landowners to sign up in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Crawford, Erie and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. Under current guidelines, BCAP will reimburse farmers up to 75 percent of planting costs and pay an annual rent payment while farmers wait for their crops to mature. Once the crops mature, farmers will be eligible to receive two years of matching payments for their tonnage, up to $45 per ton beyond the selling price.

Aloterra Energy is still seeking farmers or land owners in the project area to farm miscanthus grass. Those who want to find out more about the project should contact Scott Coye-Huhn at 440-666-2053  or email: scoyehuhn@aloterraenergy.com. Approved producers who want to participate in BCAP will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Producers will need to sign an agreement with Aloterra to obtain initial approval and will finalize enrollment in BCAP by taking the signed agreement by the September 16th deadline to their local FSA office. Ohio farmers and landowners can also qualify for CAUV tax credits.

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About Aloterra Energy

Aloterra Energy LLC develops biomass conversion facilities through cultivating sources of biomass crops to expand fuel marketing, distribution and logistics operations into the biomass renewable energy market. For more information on Aloterra Energy, visit  www.aloterraenergy.com . For more information on this event, contact Cheryl Dickson-Walker, publicist at Media Magic Productions: (cell) 440-645-9472, studio line: 440-294-2431, or e-mail:  cheryl@mediamagicproductions.com .

About Media Magic Productions

Media Magic Productions LLC is a full-service audio/video production, advertising and public relations firm, serving businesses in Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania and clients, large and small, from New Jersey to California. Founded in 1997, our award-winning staff specializes in producing exciting and innovative broadcast, cable TV and web programming, documentaries, radio and television advertising and corporate video production, as well as complete marketing campaigns for small and medium-sized businesses. For more information, contact David Walker: (cell) 440-645-8273, studio line: 440-294-2431, or e-mail: mail@mediamagicproductions.com. Visit us online at www.mediamagicproductions.com , www.YouTube.com/MediamagicOhio and www.Facebook.com/MediaMagicProductions .

 

 

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