Boardman, Oregon biorefinery gets $11 million USDA backing

By George Plaven, East Oregonian.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping up with an $11 million loan to build a new biorefinery in Boardman.

With financing in place, a Minnesota-based energy company plans to build its first commercial refinery that will transform farm waste into natural gas and liquid fertilizer at the Port of Morrow.

Novus Energy has received an $11 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s biorefinery assistance program. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and USDA Rural Development Undersecretary Lisa Mensah made the announcement Friday in Portland.