Support Algae in the Farm Bill

Dear Algae Biomass Organization members,

The Farm Bill is in its final days of negotiations before, hopefully, the House and Senate come to an agreement. We understand that ABO’s position on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) will be adopted and the bill will allow algae’s eligibility for crop establishment and maintenance under BCAP.

Another provision that ABO is supporting is still under discussion and we are urging you to weigh in. The Senate version of the Farm Bill changes current law to include bioenergy crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. ABO urges all of its members to contact your House and Senate members to let them know that we support the Senate language which would extend coverage in the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program for bioenergy crops.

If you need help identifying your Member of Congress or Senators, please contact Laurie Purpuro at laurie.purpuro@klgates.com.

Here is some sample language. Please feel free to add information about your company/organization:

Dear [Representative/Senator]:

As the House and Senate finalize negotiations on the Farm Bill, I am writing to urge you to support language in the Senate-passed Farm Bill which would allow bioenergy crops to be eligible for participation in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. I understand this issue has not yet been resolved.

The Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial support to producers of noninsurable crops when natural disaster results in low yields, loss of inventory, or inability to plant the crop. Currently, crops grown for food, animal feed, or fiber such as cotton and flax, would be covered under this program, however, farmers who grow crops for fuel would not be eligible. We urge you to support the Senate language which will bring parity to the NAP program by allowing energy crops the same treatment as crops grown for other purposes.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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