Speaking at the September 12 National Advanced Biofuels Conference, Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced that the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program would award nearly $15.5 million to 188 recipients. Established under the 2008 Farm Bill, the program supports advanced biofuel production from renewable biomass feedstocks other than corn kernel starch; $211 million has been awarded to 290 companies since its inception.