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USDA/FSA RIN: 0560-AH92 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Biomass Crop Assistance Program 
Abstract: We are adding a new regulation to implement the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) as required by the 2008 Farm Bill. We will collaborate with USDA/Rural Development (RD), private industry, agricultural and forest land owners to support the evaluation and selection of BCAP project areas. BCAP project areas must include a commitment to use local production; evidence of sufficient equity (if the facility is not operational at the time of proposal); anticipated economic impacts; opportunities for local ownership; the participation rate by beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers; the impact on soil, water, and related resources; and the variety in biomass production approaches. FSA will partner with RD, which has capability and responsibility, including the potential for providing funding for proposed biomass conversion facility, regarding BCAP project area evaluation and selection. After BCAP project area selection, FSA, acting on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), may enter into contracts with BCAP project area producers for a term of up to 5 years for annual and perennial crops and up to 15 years for woody biomass. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1450   
Legal Authority: PL 110-246   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  10/01/2008  73 FR 57047   
Notice-EIS  05/13/2009    
Notice Comment Period End  06/12/2009    
Notice-NOFA  06/11/2009  74 FR 27767   
Notice Comment Period End  08/10/2009    
Notice-EIS  08/10/2009  74 FR 39915   
Notice Comment Period End  09/24/2009    
NPRM  12/00/2009    
Final Rule  01/00/2010    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Deirdre Holder
Director, Regulatory Review Group
Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
1400 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851
Fax:202 720-5233

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