USDA Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC)

OPPORTUNITY: The FSCSC program provides financial assistance for specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years in 2022 or 2023. This program helps offset costs to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements which is part of…

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USDA Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)

USDA Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for Fiscal Year 2022 OPPORTUNITY The intention of RPIC is to provide cooperative agreement funding to eligible applicants working to promote public-private, philanthropic partnerships in rural and Tribal communities that encourage economic and social development. These projects are intended to support rural America…

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USDA Bioproduct Pilot Program

OPPORTUNITY: The Bioproduct Pilot Program is a competitive grant program that will support research activities related to studying the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities to produce construction and consumer products. Anticipated activities include techno-economic and life-cycle analyses relative to incumbent products; environmental and waste management implications; and product development and scale-up…

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Funds

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a federally funded program designed to encourage research to meet national needs, aims to spark technological innovation, encourage creative ideas and participation by women and socially or economically disadvantaged people, and increase commercialization within the private sector or innovations created from federal research and development funding. It is…

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Hazards and Operability (HAZOP)

What do HAZOP experts in the bioeconomy do?  HAZOP (Hazards and Operability Study), a widely used process hazards analysis methodology, use professionally qualified team brainstorming to identify and resolve process safety hazards by considering unusual occurrences. It focuses early on the more probable failure scenarios, including human factors. It poses questions about possible deviations from…

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What is TEA?

What is TEA in the renewable industries? Very simply, it is the acronym for techno-economic analysis.  Bringing new technology to the market is a commitment.  It’s expensive and normally takes quite some time.  Uncertainty is a normal complication because a technology’s economic value often depends strongly on unknown results of future research and development, and…

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Hazard Mitigation

Like in most industries, safety hazard mitigation in the bioeconomy is a key component of every process hazard analysis of every project.  This is most frequently done using HAZOP (Hazards and Operability) studies. HAZOP is a systematic, thorough method, using the Process Flow Diagrams, and it is designed, ideally, to find all possible specific unsafe…

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Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS)

What are Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS), and what does a RIN expert do?  A Renewable Identification Number (or RIN) is a serial number assigned to the volume of a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, transfers, trading, and ultimate use or retirement.  This is required by the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel…

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