16:55 | 15.05.2012
BIO to Testify at Congressional Hearing on 2012 Farm Bill Energy Programs

Biotechnology Information Organization (BIO):



The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry is holding a
public hearing regarding Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Energy
and Forestry Programs. This continues a series of Farm Bill hearings
throughout April and May to hear from national agricultural
stakeholders on their policy priorities for the farm bill.

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO, Biotechnology Information
Organization (BIO);


Ryan Stroschein, Co-Director, Agriculture Energy Coalition;


Jerry Taylor, President, MFA Oil;


Gary Haer, Chairman, National Biodiesel Board;


Steve Reinford, Owner, Reinford Farms.


Friday, May 18, 2012. 9:30 a.m.


1300 Longworth House Office Building


Farm Bill energy programs have had a tremendous positive impact in
revitalizing rural America, helping new agricultural markets emerge,
and reducing the need for direct payments to farmers. These programs
have unlocked private capital for construction of the nation’s first
cellulosic and advanced biofuel biorefineries; put more than 150,000
acres of underutilized farmland in more than 150 counties into
production raising next generation energy crops; and led to an
explosion of renewable chemicals innovation, demonstration and early
commercialization here in the United States. For a modest federal
investment a high rate of return has been achieved in terms of
viable projects funded and operating.


Renewable energy is cleaner, safer and healthier. We cannot afford
to wait to fund renewable energy projects that can create permanent
jobs in rural America. Now is not the time to abandon these
forward-looking, high return programs.

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic
institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations
across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members
are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare,
agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO
also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest
gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading
investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtech
NOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling
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