Biomass Facilities Get Boost 

$150,000,000 is expected to come into Maine to help support biomass facilities across the state.Donovan Todd, state director of the Farm Service Agency, says this is a new program, aimed at reducing our country’s dependency on foreign oil.The money will be given directly to the suppliers of approved biomass facilities.Here in Maine, that means the forestry industry will get a big boost.400 suppliers have been approved for the program.It’s gotten off to a fast start. $44,000,000 has been given out in the first three weeks of the program. “The reason it’s going quickly is it’s a need,” Said Todd on Monday. “The biomass facilities out here, this will help build up that biomass base that the President is really encouraging for alternative fuels.”Donovan hopes the money will help suppliers stay in business, buy new equipment, and hopefully add new jobs.There are currently 22 biomass conversion facilities in the state, including at Lincoln Paper and Tissue, Katahdin Paper Company, Old Town Fuel and Fiber, and Domtar Industries.