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USDA/FSA RIN: 0560-AI54 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) extends and revises the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and authorizes funding to be appropriated through 2023. BCAP provides financial assistance to producers who establish and harvest biomass crops. The rule makes changes consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill changes. The rule will add algae as an eligible material. Other aspects of BCAP remain essentially unchanged; all biomass must be harvested in a manner that is consistent with a conservation plan, forest stewardship plan or equivalent plan. The rule will revise the definition of biobased to add renewable chemicals and clarify that renewable chemicals are not just an intermediate ingredient, but rather a biobased product, an output that we require for qualified biomass conversion facilities to produce. Finally, the rule will provide notification about adjustments to sign up expectations, in order to respond to the changes in funding.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1450   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334, sec. 9001 and 9010   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  09/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Deirdre Holder
Team Lead, Regulatory Analysis and Paperwork Requirements Team
Department of Agriculture
Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851