ALBANY -- Two biofuels producers in Oregon are getting help in developing new sources of feedstock from a federal program designed to reduce the county's dependence on foreign oil.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that part of the $45 million going to help establish biomass fuel crops around the country will go to projects in Oregon.
Subsidies will be offered for five years to farmers in Oregon wheat country to grow camelina, an oil seed that will be turned into jet fuel by Beaver Biodiesel, LLC, in Albany.
The department of Agriculture will also be offering help to GreenWood Resources to grow hybrid poplar trees that will go to a cellulosic refinery being built in Boardman by ZeaChem of Lakewood, Colo.
The subsidies are part of the 2008 Farm Bill.