USDA announced payments for 125 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, including waste products.

"Advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to reduce the Nation's reliance on foreign oil and take control of America's energy future," said Vilsack. "These payments represent help spur an alternative fuels industry using renewable feedstocks grown in America, broadening the range of feedstock options available to biofuels producers, helping to create an economy built to last."

The funding is being provided through USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include but are not limited to: crop residue; animal, food and yard waste material; vegetable oil; and animal fat. Through this and other programs, USDA is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a biofuels industry that creates jobs and broadens the range of feedstocks used to produce renewable fuel.

For example, in Somerset, Ky., Somerset Hardwood Flooring will receive a $7,040 payment for producing wood pellets from residual sawdust from its hardwood flooring manufacturing process. The company produces about 40 tons of wood pellets annually. FPE Renewables, LLC, based in Lyden, Wash., generates nearly two million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The firm will receive a payment of $9,612 for producing biogas primarily from dairy waste, which is converted to electricity. In West Point, Va., Virginia Biodiesel Refinery, LLC, will receive a payment of $7,900 for making biodiesel from recycled cooking oil and soybean oil.

Increased biofuel production plays a relatively minor role in retail food price changes because the growing diversity of feedstock used to produce biodiesel allows for flexibility and helps relieve market pressures. Biodiesel is made from an increasingly diverse mix of non-food feedstocks, including recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils and animal fats, allowing most biodiesel producers to select from a choice of feedstocks if prices rise or supplies are limited. Therefore, the industry's impact in commodity markets is significantly reduced. As the market expands for home-grown renewable energy, American farmers and producers will create even more good-paying jobs that can't be exported. The biofuels industry in the U.S. currently employs about 400,000 people and is expected to employ around a million people in the U.S. by 2022.

USDA today is announcing $19.4 million in payments to 125 local producers and business-owners. Below is a complete list of the 111 producers (by state) receiving payments of more than $500 for production of advanced biofuels. (Producers receiving payments in the amount of $500 or less are not included in the list.)

Arkansas

Delta American Fuel, LLC: $10,556 for biodiesel transesterification

Futurefuel Chemical Company: $256,440 for biodiesel transesterification

Arizona

Pinal Energy, LLC: $35,355 for ethanol production

California

American Biodiesel, Inc: $426,878 for biodiesel transesterification

Fiscalini Properties, LP: $541 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Gallo Cattle Company, LP: $1,283 for energy from an anaerobic digester

High Mountain Fuels, LLC: $17,155 for landfill gas

Imperial Western Products, Inc.: $710,618 for biodiesel transesterification

New Leaf Biofuel, LLC: $217,467 for biodiesel transesterification

Promethean Biofuels Cooperative Corp.: $2,377 for biodiesel transesterification

Connecticut

Biodiesel One, Ltd: $2,981 for biofuel from waste products

Biopur, Inc.: $2,409 for biofuel from waste products

Florida

Genuine Bio-Fuel, Inc.: $504,938 for biodiesel transesterification

Georgia

Down To Earth Energy, LLC: $602 for biodiesel transesterification

Nittany Biodiesel: $29,548 for biodiesel transesterification

U.S. Biofuels, Inc.: $13,740 for biodiesel transesterification

Hawaii

Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.: $28,646.80 for biofuel from waste products

Iowa

Clinton County Bio Energy, LLC: $64,382 for biofuel from waste products

Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC: $135,510 for biofuel from waste products

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.: $873,622 for biodiesel transesterification

Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC: $287,034 for biodiesel transesterification

Western Iowa Energy: $250,277 for biofuel from waste products

Idaho

DF-AP#1, LLC: $1,587 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Illinois

Archer Daniels Midland Company: $596,279 for biodiesel transesterification

Incobrasa Industries, Ltd.: $305,038 for biodiesel transesterification

Midwest Biodiesel Product, LLC: $640,572 for biodiesel transesterification

Indiana

Integrity Biofuels, LLC: $26,004 for biodiesel transesterification

Louis Dreyfus Agricultural Industries: $613,428 for biofuel from waste products

Union County Biodiesel Company: $149,465 for biofuel from waste products

Kansas

Arkalon Ethanol, LLC: $1,868,965 for ethanol production

Bonanza Bioenergy: LLC: $121,500 for ethanol production

Emergent Green Energy, Inc.: $11,039 for biodiesel mechanical

Kansas Ethanol, LLC: $168,168 for ethanol production

Nesika Energy, LLC: $46,822 for ethanol production

Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC: $98,791 for ethanol production

R-3 Energy, LLC: $4,292 for biofuel from waste products

Reeve Agri Energy, Inc.: $221,752 for ethanol production

Western Plains Energy, LLC: $3,130,184 for ethanol production

Kentucky

Griffin Industries, Inc: $13,060 for biofuel from waste products

Owensboro Grain Company, LLC: $394,025 for biodiesel transesterification

Somerset Hardwood Flooring: $7,040 for pellets

Southern Kentucky Pellet Mill, Inc.: $817 for pellets

Maine

Geneva Wood Fuels, LLC: $2,236 for pellets

Maine Woods Pellets Company, LLC: $6,277 for pellets

Northeast Pellets LLC: $624 for pellets

Massachusetts

Fuels of The Future, LLC: $1,249 for biofuel from waste products

Michigan

Scenic View Dairy, LLC: $27,856 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Minnesota

Cargill, Inc.: $350,769 for energy from an anaerobic digester / biodiesel transesterification

District 45 Dairy, LLP: $2,065 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Ever Cat Fuels, LLC: $146,077 for biodiesel transesterification

MN Soybean Processors: $309,311 for biodiesel transesterification

Riverview, LLP: $2,232 for energy from an anaerobic digester

West River Dairy, LLP: $1,584 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Missouri

Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation: $367,490 for ethanol production

Deerfield Energy, LLC: $159,221 for biodiesel transesterification

ME Bio Energy, LLC: $27,875 for biodiesel transesterification

Mid-America Biofuels, LLC: $294,369 for biodiesel transesterification

Natural Biodiesel Plant, LLC: $45,293 for biodiesel transesterification

Paseo Cargill Energy, LLC: $323,064 for biodiesel transesterification

Mississippi

Enviva, LP: $15,931.32 for Pellets

Ethos Alternative Energy Mississippi, LLC: $11,446 for biofuel from waste products

Scott Petroleum Corporation: $57,294 for biofuel from waste products

Nebraska

Ag Processing, Inc.: $313,119 for biodiesel transesterification

Nevada

Bently Biofuels Company: $3,479 for biofuel from waste products

New Hampshire

American Energy Independence Company, LLC: $1,805 for biofuel from waste products

New England Wood Pellet, LLC: $22,781 for pellets

Smartfuel America, LLC: $5,468 for biofuel from waste products

New Mexico

Mt. Taylor Machine, LLC: $532 for pellets

Rio Valley Biofuels, LLC: $4,154 for biofuel from waste products

New York

Aurora Ridge Dairy, LLC: $863 for energy from an anaerobic digester

North Carolina

Blue Ridge Biofuels, LLC: $27,837 for biofuel from waste products

North American Bio-Energies: $4,931 for biodiesel mechanical

Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC: $1,072 for biodiesel mechanical

Ohio

Center Alternative Energy Company II: $31,791 for biodiesel transesterification

Oklahoma

High Plains Bioenergy: LLC: $1,628,461for biodiesel transesterification

Oregon

Sequential-Pacific Biodiesel: $125,799 for biodiesel transesterification

Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc.: $18,852 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Pennsylvania

Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC: $993,122 for biodiesel transesterification

Rhode Island

Newport Biodiesel, LLC: $5,354 for biofuel from waste products

South Carolina

Evergreen Biodiesel Production Facility: $37,419 for biofuel from waste products

Tennessee

Bioenergy Development Group, LLC: $645 for biodiesel transesterification

Hassell & Hughes: $1,223 for pellets

Texas

Agribiofuels, LLC: $17,139 for biodiesel transesterification

Element Markets, LLC: $1,199 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Green Earth Fuels of Houston, LLC: $369,467 for biodiesel transesterification

White Energy, Inc.: $743,124 for ethanol production

Virginia

Potomac Supply Corporation: $8,228 for pellets

Reco Biodiesel, LLC: $42,799 for biodiesel transesterification

Virginia Biodiesel Refinery, LLC: $7,900 for biodiesel transesterification

Vermont

VT Wood Pellet Co., LLC: $1,713 for pellets

Washington

Farm Power Lynden, LLC: $793 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Farm Power Rexville, LLC: $965 for energy from an anaerobic digester

FPE Renewables, LLC, Lynden, Washington: $9,611 for energy from an anaerobic digester

GDR Power, LLC: $1,054 for energy from an anaerobic digester

General Biodiesel, Inc.: $4,976 for biodiesel transesterification

Imperium Grays Harbor, LLC: $418,115 for biodiesel transesterification

Qualco Energy: $715 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Wisconsin

Bio Blend Fuels: $958 for biodiesel transesterification

Buckeye Ridge Renewable Power, LLC: $3,995 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Green Valley Dairy, LLC: $880 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc.: $6,836 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Holsum Dairies, LLC: $1,913 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Marth Peshtigo Pellet Company, LLC: $786 for pellets

Marth Wood Shaving Supply, Inc.: $2,432 for pellets

Norswiss Digester, LLC: $3,918 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Quantum Dairy, LLC: $1,045 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Stargest Power, LLC: $3,598 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Statz Brothers, Inc.: $2,481 for energy from an anaerobic digester

Sun Power Biodiesel, LLC: $8,502 for biodiesel transesterification

Walsh Bio Fuels, LLC: $65,036 for biodiesel transesterification

West Virginia

Hamer Pellet Fuel: $8,086 for pellets