Producers can now begin the process of applying for Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) assistance if they are interested in delivering eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities. The USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) will provide financial assistance to producers or other entities that deliver these eligible materials.
BCAP publishes a list of eligible and ineligible materials at www.fsa.usda.gov.  Crop residues, such as corn stover, corn cobs, rice hulls, wheat straw and sugarcane bagasse, are eligible after the commodity crop is harvested from the plant.
Other eligible ag resources include feed grains and other agricultural commodities. However, considered ineligible are any crops eligible to receive payments, including loans, under List 8-LP par. 126 or 7-CN (Title I of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008), or an amendment made by that title, but not limited to grains, kernels, oilseeds and other commodities, such as corn, wheat, grain sorghum, barley, oats, cotton, rice and soybeans. BCAP also lists ineligible oilseed plants, pulse crops and other products.
Herbaceous resources, such as forbs, legumes, grasses, vines and mosses are eligible.
It’s a good idea to keep posted on the BCAP. The easiest way to do this is to visit the www.fsa.usda.gov Website, click on Energy Programs in the Browse by Subject box and sign up for e-mail updates. I did this and was informed this week of recent changes, including the addition of:
BCAP Purchase List
BCAP Attachment Instructions
BCAP Attachment 2
BCAP Eligible Materials List
If you have a designated biomass conversion facility in your area, this program sounds like a good market for your ag residues.