Missouri agriculture officials have launched a new biofuel grant program in hopes of increasing the availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel fuels.
The program will support biofuel producers applying for infrastructure funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The state has allocated up to $2 million in grant funds to help Missouri applicants meet matching requirements for the federal funding.
Eligible entities for the program include transportation fueling facilities and fuel distribution facilities.
Biofuels support more than 6,600 jobs and create $542 million in new economic activity annually in Missouri, according to the state’s energy division.
Nationally, Missouri ranks third in biodiesel production capacity and second in production.