Farmers grow food, fiber, now fuel… Biomass permitting in Florida

January 26, 2011

With the Farm to Fuel Initiative, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports the production of renewable energy sources in Florida. The Farm to Fuel Initiative evolved from former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson’s leadership role in the national “25x’25” program, which aims to produce 25 percent of America’s energy needs from renewable resources by 2025. The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes biomass as the only clean renewable energy source that has the potential to help to significantly diversify transportation fuels. Many growers are interested in this new fuel source and are increasing biomass plantings on agricultural lands in Florida. Biomass planting refers to plant material grown and harvested for use in fuel production. DPI is responsible for regulating biomass plantings in order to control the movement of biomass plant species into or within the state. The permitting process also establishes procedures that will help confirm that there are no unintentional introductions of these plant species outside of the permitted planting areas.
Giant Reed (Arundo donax)

Giant Reed (Arundo donax)

For permit requirements, view this printable brochure.

In order to obtain a biomass permit, applicants must submit the application and required documents to the Division of Plant Industry, Methods Development, P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL  32614-7100. For more information, call the DPI Helpline at 1-888-397-1517.

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