WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack for delivering on the Biofuel Producer Assistance program and providing direct relief to biofuel producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful to Secretary Tom Vilsack for seeing the Biofuel Producer Assistance program through from start to finish and ensuring biofuels producers receive the pandemic assistance they were promised at the height of the pandemic,” said Skor. “Biofuels producers were some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and, like many industries across the country, continue to feel the economic ripple effects like delayed supply chains and high supply costs. To address these issues, producers were allocated assistance almost two years ago to keep the industry online, and we thank Secretary Vilsack today for getting that assistance directly to those who needed it most.”
After a year of advocacy efforts by Growth Energy and our industry partners, USDA announced in December 2021 the availability of $700 million in direct payments to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the pandemic. These funds were authorized through COVID-19 aid legislation which was signed into law in late 2020.