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Biofuel Producer Program

Rural Development

Closed Indefinitely

Our sources indicate that this program is closed indefinitely and unlikely to reopen.

This program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to U.S.-based producers of advanced, cellulosic, or conventional biofuel, biomass-based diesel, or renewable fuel to offset unexpected market losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Biofuel producers eligible to apply include those whose U.S.-based facilities directly produce an eligible biofuel.

Eligible biofuel is renewable fuel produced from renewable biomass and is used to replace or reduce the quantity of fossil fuel in a transportation fuel, comprised of advanced biofuel, biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, or conventional biofuel, as such terms are defined in section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(1)) and produced in the United States. 

You are not considered an eligible producer if you are: 

  • A sole proprietor or legal entity that exclusively contracts for the production of biofuel by third-party producers under a toll or bailment arrangement, or third-party production contract

  • An individual or legal entity that blends or otherwise combines biofuels into a blended biofuel 


Payment to eligible biofuel producers is based on the volume of market loss the producer experienced during calendar year 2020. The market loss is calculated by comparing the gallons of eligible biofuel produced during calendar year 2019 to the gallons of eligible biofuel produced in calendar year 2020. Quantities of gaseous biofuel are converted into gallons based on the British Thermal Unit (BTU) equivalent of one gallon of biodiesel using Energy Information Administration factors.

Application Instructions

  1. Download the Application Guide and use the forms provided below to complete an application.

  2. In addition to the below forms, applicants must provide:

    1. Certifications. The producer must furnish the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) for each biofuel and all required certifications before acceptance into the program and furnish access to the producer’s records required by the Agency to verify compliance with program provisions. The required certifications depend on the type of biofuel produced.

    2. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. All applicants must have a DUNs number which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705–5711 or online at

    3. Registration for the System for Award Management (SAM). Each applicant applying for loan or grant funds must (a) be registered in the SAM system before submitting its application and (b) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application. It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the registration process as soon as possible. Visit to register in SAM.

  3. To submit the completed application electronically, you must send the application to by 11:59 pm (ET) on February 11, 2022.


Release Date

December 15, 2021


February 11, 2022


Rural Development

Financial Instrument


Total Program Funding


Updated March 27, 2024

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