ASA supports House’s biofuels agriculture legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A national soybean farmers association is endorsing recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives which includes biofuels and precision agriculture provisions
Brad Doyle, president of the American Soybean Association and a soybean farmer from Arkansas, said: “ASA applauds the House for recognizing supply-chain challenges in agriculture, the role of biofuels as a renewable, home-grown energy source, the importance of improving access to precision agriculture technologies, and the need for additional resources in EQIP for nutrient management.”
The bill — H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act — would invest $200 million in biofuels infrastructure to expand biofuels availability and utilization across the country.
This program is modeled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program, which has proven successful by increasing access to biofuels by one billion gallons per year.
It also includes $500 million that would provide additional USDA National Resources Conservation Service payments to farmers for implementation of nutrient management practices and to increase cost share and practice payments to incentivize the purchase of precision agriculture equipment, systems, and technology.
According to ASA, these steps will leverage conservation and precision agriculture to reduce grower input costs.