EPA and USDA officials announced Thursday that the agency will begin a new pilot program aimed at using biomass as an agricultural feedstock, a move that the Agriculture Department called a “significant milestone.”
The goal is to help feed the growing demand for biofuel production and expand the use of biomass as a food ingredient, according to a statement from the EPA and the USDA.
The EPA and agency officials say they will work to expand the pilot program through the end of 2020.
The USDA is also expanding its program to include the production of corn and soybeans and the use and distribution of other crops as feedstock for biomass.
In addition, the EPA is expanding the use, distribution and testing of biomass in livestock feedstock.
The pilot program is part of the agency’s goal of developing and expanding the biomass feedstock market for the agriculture sector.
Biofuels are made from a mix of plant material and renewable resources such as biomass.
They are a renewable and cheap fuel for powering cars, airplanes, trucks, farms and homes.
The U.S. currently uses about 9.4 million tons of biofuel a year, according the USDA, about a quarter of the country’s total.
About one-third of the biofuel consumed in the U. S. comes from biofuselands.
The biofuel market is expected to grow to $8.2 billion by 2020 from $1.9 billion currently, according data from the Department of Energy.
Biofuel has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 5 percent to 7 percent over a 20-year period, according a report from the U,S.
Department of Agriculture.